Thursday's Homily For The Devout, by Manatita. A Soulful Offering to Tim Truzy

Updated on May 31, 2018
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Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.


Namaste! My fellow brothers/sisters of the Way.

The Light in me bows, acknowledges and pays homage to the Light in you. Each life is sacred, special … unique. We are made in the image of Spirit; in God’s own Energy … as such we have a right to be here.

You and I affect the world, by the vibrations that we offer to the world. So, in that spirit, it is good to offer empathy, wisdom and Love … to convey these very special virtues to our fellow beings. This pleases the Divine, who in turn blesses our Hearts, as we begin to walk in His abundant ways.

Abundance is an inner state. It is the peace or happiness; the joy we feel within. Peace is not outside us, as the Light of God dwells within. So when we are calm and quiet in the Spiritual Heart, we will convey this calmness to our friends, parents, neighbours', colleagues … to the world at large.

Sometimes we experience adverse conditions and life seems a struggle. There is always light at the end of the tunnel, and so what’s needed is a matter of patience, belief or hope. Hope is the song-bird of the soul, seeking the means to fulfill its own destiny. So, for example, Obama searched for his in politics and became a President.


Ours is the dream of this green pasture … this ball of joy which is waiting to welcome us, once we have figured out this great puzzle of His glory … His beautiful game.

When we are seeking, then hope, in a sense, is greater, as the vibrancy, enthusiasm and opportunities in life, is very much on our side. What needs to change? Mindset or attitude is important.

Mindset helps us to see the problem in a new way and to arrive at a solution. We say that it is not a dark tunnel, but simply one with lesser Light. We say that things will get better, even when the shadows are dense.

Personality helps. This is the sum total of our character, and this comes from the impressions of life given by our parents, schools, friends, environment, country … as well as the needs or necessity of the soul.

I was born into a simple family. True, my grand-father had some lands and I was never hungry in a small agricultural country. Still, my mother was pregnant at 16 and was encouraged to find a new home of her own. She brought me up almost single-handedly, as my father was never there. Later, she had another six children to look after, and life was anything but rosy.

My own realization is that we are responsible for our actions, not mothers … not others. So if the attitude or mindset is positive, we can do the impossible. Our eyes are so small, yet they see amazing things!

Let us offer and serve. Service helps to expand our Hearts, inspires receptivity and allows God’s Grace’s to dawn in our lives. Love Itself is infectious and if we feel Love, it is because of the measure of Love that others have shown us … having sacrificed for our sake. In the same way, we can also share this Love with others, in an intimate, prayerful or extremely beautiful ways.


How do we get the strength to do this? I suggest that it is a good idea to have Faith or a belief in Something Higher; to pray, both verbally and in silence., When we pray, we invoke and ask of the Divine, to supply our essential needs and at the same time, we strive to live in such a way, so as to please our Father in Heaven. This strengthens us and awakens our Hearts, to the fruits of Peace.

Finally, having the right mindset, can teach us to see life itself as a blessing. We can offer Gratitude to our leaders, to Mother Nature, to our parents who brought us into this world and all who have helped or hindered us. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has allowed us to grow. For out of the shadow of adversity, we are awakening in Joy.

The sun will shine tomorrow, God’s willing and again, by His Grace, we will be alive…. We will have something to eat, while others will not. Let us all be grateful. Let us pray.

“May the ever-compassionate; the all-merciful One finds us worthy … may all our needs, be it shelter, air, warmth, food and drinks be met. May we continue to adore, Love, praise, worship and surrender to the Great Intelligence that cares for and carries us. May we live with the Light of oneness, free from expectations, at the supernal feet of Love.” –Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 31st May 2018.

The Flame in my Heart

There's a flame in the Heart of man,

Through which the Light of Heaven beckons,

Even in his abyss.

I go forth in my ignorance,

Oblivious to the voice of Love calling: "Come! Come!"

As She beckons me to Her intimate embrace.

Small clusters of fireflies dance within,

Carrying the promise of Hope --

This song-bird of my longing.

My phoenix rises, building a tabernacle of joy.

My inner candle glows, its burning balm,

Healing my afflictions, proclaiming

The banner of Light, of my celestial Home.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 29th May, 2018.

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      manatita44 2 weeks ago from london

      I do not know about the Greeks. In the teachings of the Godmen I admire, they all speak of the Heart in the middle of the chest. The Heart is the shrine and the soul is the deity inside the shrine. The Heart is the Home of the Universe.Auras, which is what you mean, can envelop the entire being.

      Again, some souls, including disciples, have additional emanations or protective beings. Thank you for returning. Peace!

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      Tim Truzy 2 weeks ago from U.S.A.

      Thank you Manatita, again for wisdom. I am catching up again, my brother. The Buddha and other important figures said through desire comes suffering, much like you pointed out.

      I've watched movies and spoke with people who had near-death-experiences, and they all said the same thing: when they would meet with the Illuminous Ones, before returning they always said love and imagination are our strongest and most powerful gifts. One lady explained she could see a ray of silver light extending from everyone's solar plexus and knew all of humanity was connected.

      Wasn't it the Greek who first introduced the idea that the soul resided in the solar plexus? I don't know. But I do know where ever it is, Sean is in contact with it.

      Everyone who reads your articles and poetry also gets a little closer to it, Manatita.



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      manatita44 2 weeks ago from london

      I'm talking about Tim. He writes of himself as a Minister but yes Sherman would make sense.

      I saw some today, reciting poetry about unrequitted love. It is so sad to see how strong attachments can be. The result is always pain and suffering. Peace Bro.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 2 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      Ha! I am sure he is laughing now! My beloved teacher was not a Minister; it was a Shaman. Someday I'll write about him.

      About the other situation now, I think is stable but not the best possible. I am trying with love and patience to help according to your advice.


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      manatita44 2 weeks ago from london

      Tim reminds me of you and you of him. For a Minister, his wisdom is very deep. Deep indeed!! Praise God!

      Thank you Bro.

      You have not mentioned that other situation recently.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 2 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      This was an amazing Hub, my brother! A sublime gift to all of us and I am so glad that was an offering to my golden-hearted brother Tim.

      My beloved teacher used to say:

      "Clear your heart; you have a Great Visitor! Make Him feel you want Him to stay forever."

      That is the state of your Heart and Tim's heart!

      I am proud to call you Brothers both!

      From here to Oneness!


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      manatita44 2 weeks ago from london

      Said in the right Spirit, Tim.Once again I wish you God's Love ... His mercy and Delight.

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      Tim Truzy 2 weeks ago from U.S.A.

      No, brother,

      It was finals week for math and that subject was on my mind. However, you gave your valuable time to respect that - It is I who am honored and humbled.

      Once time is given in this realm, it can never be retrieved. Such is how you have honored me twice.

      If I had failed to return such respect and honor, then using the word "brother" would be a falsehood which I would have to answer for when I faced Him.

      Our family encompasses the globe. Although we cannot meet personally right now, we share words of those who dwell in the same house.

      Kenya, Greece, U.S. U.K. (and everywhere)

      I have brothers and sisters in those countries.

      Much respect,



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      manatita44 2 weeks ago from london


      You are beginning to challenge some of those who read and say wise and lofty things about my poetry.

      This is such a fine ... such a sublime piece from you.

      I treasure you input immensely and I hope I did not have to pull you away from family and work as you have so much to do.

      God bless your life ... your Spirit ... your mature and self-giving soul. Praise be!

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      Tim Truzy 2 weeks ago

      I have read this three times and I am finally writing a comment, brother.

      The Holy Books of all of the sages would agree with every word before us, presented with the same understanding and compassion for human beings.

      I love the quotes, but you provided insightful and compassionate guidance for those of us who are always longing for the Creator's love even as we know we have it by default.

      Thank you again for this wonderful piece for us to learn from, cherish, and good reading for us daily.

      Inspirational is indeed an understatement - divinely guided and in the light of Buddha, Christ, and Mohammed, and the great ones you noted would be more accurate.



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      manatita44 2 weeks ago from london

      Thanks Dee.

      You know, suddenly I believe it's biblical. I do not read so much now but I read so much as a child!

      I also studied scripture. I was very devout.

      So words come to me from scripture, my teacher, English poets and so many other sources!

      Actually, this piece could easily be ' I carry on as normal.' Life's 'normal' is not always in adherence with the Higher Law.

      Anyway, thank you so much! So glad to be of service.

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      Dora Weithers 2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      I like your comment on Abundance; and in the poem, the verse beginning "I go forth" pulls me in. Altogether, an inspiring read. Thanks.

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      manatita44 3 weeks ago from london

      Good to see you Ralph.

      It just occured to me that they need people like you in politics. Not that you'd like it, of course, but you are blessed with many strengths.

      Meanwhile your offerings have been noteworthy and helpful to many.

      Glad that you have published a book and hope it goes well. You are ahead of me in this busy life. Your poetry is cool too. Thank you for the fine sentiment.

      Welcome back.

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      Ralph Schwartz 3 weeks ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

      Enlightening, enriching, encouraging, and excellent piece my brother! I've just re-entered the HP world after a hiatus of several months (I published a poetry book called "Poetry of the Human Condition - The Ups and Downs of Modern Living") I hope you are well and in high spirits. Hopefully I'll get time to catch up on reading all the poetry I've missed in that time! Blessed be!

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      manatita44 3 weeks ago from london

      Too true. " Peace begins when expectation ends."

      Thank you so much!!

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      Linda Lum 3 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      " from expectations." Perhaps that is the key. Our Father has promised that we will have what we need. "Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God."

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      manatita44 3 weeks ago from london

      Thanks Shaloo.

      What's happening in your life? Is all well with you? Let me know.

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      Shaloo Walia 3 weeks ago from India

      Beautifully penned. It's always a pleasure to read your poetry.

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      manatita44 3 weeks ago from london

      Thank you Linda C.

      A kind of two-in- one approach. So glad you like it.

      I trust that you are looking forward to a great weekend.

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      Linda Crampton 3 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I always enjoy reading your poetry, but I also enjoy your thought-provoking prose. Your homily is interesting and contains some lovely ideas.

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      manatita44 3 weeks ago from london

      How sweet of you, my friend. I'm just trying ... just trying. Thanks a lot!

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      Eric Dierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Yes now I got it. It is a battle and a love to help our street folks in gangs. You constantly make me happy and in love with your work.

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      manatita44 3 weeks ago from london

      Thanks Bill.

      I'm just warming up! Lol. I'm a creative writer after all. I just switched to poetry. I write in an easy, relaxed, non pressured way. So I'm only rarely fussy. Isn't that great!!

      Thanks Eric,

      A lot here but they flowed so easily! I wrote three poems in fact and the prose is slightly altered from a motivational talk I wrote for street kids. I used much more images in talking to them. Thank you so much. Appreciated!

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      manatita44 3 weeks ago from london

      Yes Peggy.

      Having a positive mindset is awesome. Thank you for your support. So happy you liked the poem also. Gratitude

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      Peggy Woods 3 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      A positive mindset can really affect our daily lives. Taking responsibility for our own actions also helps. Good advice is given in this article of yours. I always enjoy your poetry!

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      You are,somehow, getting better at this writing gig, my friend,and I didn't think that was possible. You tossed in some images for this offering which are exquisite. Bravo!!!

      peace always

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      Eric Dierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I had to read this twice. I thought I missed more wisdom and I did. You brought me Paul, Rumi and a clear influence with our favorite seer. And then you stuck in Oliver Schroer.

      I did not see the effort here. I did not see the work. I saw what is freely in your. I will try just to let it be today -- thank you and Namaste

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      manatita44 3 weeks ago from london

      Nice line, eh? Tiny seeds, bro, tiny seeds. One day will be huge banyon tree, right? SWEET!!!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 weeks ago from Shelton

      Small clusters of fireflies.. come -on Bro.. you can't get any better then that line.. this was a fantastic read my friend.. oh and day to you...Frank


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