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Season's Greetings! I Welcome You With All My Love. Thursday's Homily for the Devout 17

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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.

The Flame of God's Light. To my Friend's

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Namaste!

"Namaste! The Light in me, pays homage

To the Light in you. When my little ‘i’, merges

Into the Emptiness of sleepless Self, we’ll both

Blend together in harmony, for we are One." - Lantern Carrier

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Homily for the Soul

Season's Greetings! The first stanza of my poem welcomes you, an acknowledgement of the Light in you, as YOU:

"From Delight we came,

In Delight we grow

At the end of our journey's close,

To Delight we shall return." - Vedic scripture.

I have come to you in the Spirit of Love ... of forgiveness. Pardon my transgressions even as I entreat the Ordainer Supreme to forgive others. This is a time of beauty --to smell the fragrant roses, to watch the jasmines clap as lavenders blush. To await the singing of the inner nightingales, whispering the eloquence of the one called Christ.

No need to believe, of course. The Festival of Lights is hidden in the smiles of our children, in family love and in the beauty of nature. It shines in our generosity and goodness, our kindness, altruism and benevolent Spirit. It has no labels or doctrines for the soul.

Let us give thanks and praise, but remember those who do not have, for the Light shines in the downtrodden and the homeless too. Their hearts are equally stirred by a decent cup of coffee, as a serene 'O Holy Night.', for deep down, we are one.

This is a time for merriment, true, but it took a stranger from Wuhan, China, to show us that this is in fact a globally connected world. Just yesterday, I thought of my brother and sister in Texas. He felt it in Grenada, W.I, just as she did in Texas.

The sitar of the Invisible, is the same note, shining in our souls .... in our breaths: This sweet realm where our joys and sorrows are made; where our Paths of love and hate, day and night, good and evil collide, each trying to swing the pendulum, for the greater or seemingly lesser good.

"Blessed are the merciful", said the Christ. Blessed was his parents indeed and what a good shepherd was Joseph. A mother of all mothers, Mary was! Such a cute and sacred child lying in the stable of a manger, roughing it in such a way, so as to remind us to be humble, kind, peaceful.

"Blessed are the peacemakers", He said, for they shall be called the children of God." "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." (Biblical scripture)

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Yet the heart of what we do at Christmas, is all about Gratitude, of showing appreciation, of coming together as a family, in the cause of harmony and oneness. Of good food too, and perhaps my loving friend Linda, is doing her culinary best, even as I write.

But we celebrate the Inner Light, as everything begins in the inner world in seed form. Whether its Hanukkah, Ramadhan, Diwali or otherwise. They reflect the lives of all those who left us benchmarks to follow. Don't expect too much of yourself; neither should you feel sad or lonely. Not even dejected or in despair.

We cannot move faster than Grace and Allah or the Supreme Entity, knows us all and guides us according to our receptivity to Love. There is beauty in all things and Louis Armstrong was only repeating the Heart of the Seer, when he said that it's a beautiful world.

Challenges are made to strengthen us and a rose never grows without thorns. Sunsets seemingly dies, only to herald the night, which in turn acts as a precursor to the luminous dawn.

When I am down and lonely, I hear the carols which enchants my heart, I see a Santa with his sleigh and reindeer ... the snowflakes invigorates my breath so I can feel pure and alive again. There's gaiety on streets, in buses and trains, while we hold lavish parties at my workplace.

O.k, so things are different this year, we say. Are they? The God of Abraham and Isaac; of David and Jacob in the well ... of the good Samaritan ... of Lazarus, is neither dead nor sleeping, but constantly knocks in the Heart of humans.

We go seeking the treasure, like the deer, forgetting that the musk is within our own body. In that sense, adversity is merely a wake-up call, as the Beloved loves us, as It encourages us to rise and carry on the sojourn, to find our way Home.

"Suffer little children to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven." - The Christ.

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Wisdom from the Master

"Mother Mary's feet were pure.

Father Joseph's eyes were sure.

Their son Jesus' Heart was both pure and sure." - Sri Chinmoy


"Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!

You are Heaven's dearest child,

For the upliftment and enlightenment

of the whole world, You sleeplessly remain awake." - Sri Chinmoy

Wisdom from the Master

"We meditate on the Christ.

We repeat His Name countless times.

Without the Christ Consciousness,

Our life is totally lost.

Christ is for all.

He is our Divinity's son

And humanity's Father." - Sri Chinmoy

Fear not. A new dawn is beckoning!

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Thankfulness

© 2020 manatita44

Comments

manatita44 (author) from london on January 01, 2021:

You're like me. I'm home. The country is bordering lockdown and it's not safe. I make some treasured family phone calls and spend seminar time with my spiritual Order. Much Love, Mary. All gratitude for your support.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 01, 2021:

I have missed many articles as I was busy preparing for Christmas. I decided not to host new year or go to any friend's place to give time for myself. Time is such a luxury and I am grateful to have more of it with the lockdown.

manatita44 (author) from london on December 27, 2020:

Indeed, Pamela. Poetry today on Zoom, lots of international family calls, spiritual conferences, plays, jokes, chats and good food. Even walks, fresh air and coffee!

May our Lord continue to fill your Heart and soul with Happiness. Peace.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 27, 2020:

This is another beautiful article with touching poetry for this Christmas season. I think the world does need more love. The red rose reminds me of love.

I hope you are enjoying the holidays despite the pandemic, Manatita.

manatita44 (author) from london on December 27, 2020:

... and to you. Stay well and blessed. - Manatita

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 27, 2020:

Happy Holidays to you

manatita44 (author) from london on December 25, 2020:

Always a joy to see you! Your boys will be fine!

Hai Om! Merry Christmas!!

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on December 25, 2020:

Marvelous, my dear brother! All the beauty of your luminous Heart in this hub! The best gift for my boys too. And yes, it's all about Gratitude! Gratitude to have you in my life! Om Santi!

Merry Christmas and happy no fear!

Sean

manatita44 (author) from london on December 25, 2020:

Thank you, Patricia.

God knows you have your fair share of burdens!! You bear them well under the circumstances. I pray that God continues to grant you, a life of fortitude and a much stronger Heart. Merry Christmas! Peace!

manatita44 (author) from london on December 25, 2020:

Thank you, Ji

More love to you and your family at this time. Thanks for your continued support. Merry Christmas!!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 25, 2020:

A season of joy and light for sure. He has brought through this tumultuous year to this time of hopefulness. Beautifully shared. Many Angels headed your way. ps

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 25, 2020:

Beautiful message on the occasion of Christmas. Keep spreading love, wisdom and happiness in your own creative way. The World needs more and more of that.

Merry Christmas to you Manatita. Hope and pray for peaceful and happier times for everyone around the World.

Thank you for sharing this.

manatita44 (author) from london on December 25, 2020:

Appreciated! Have a great family Christmas!

manatita44 (author) from london on December 24, 2020:

What a charming response! It is your voice that is like music! No, things are changing in London all the time, so I'm home. It is very early here and somewhat cold but a beautiful day. Happy Christmas!

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on December 24, 2020:

A delightful article Manatita. Thank you for sharing the Christmas spirit.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on December 24, 2020:

Manatita44,

Thank you for such a lovely piece of work.

I suppose this virus has opened our eyes a bit making us aware of just how connected we are across the globe.

Perhaps this is the high ones wanting...as we have drifted so far apart.

It does help to look at the world like in nature when ine is sad...the glory is all around us and dwelling inside us as well.

I hope you & your family have a great Christmas season celebrating in the tradition you enjoy at the monastery & with family.

Your words are like magic...spinning sparkles of goodness across the globe to each of us.

manatita44 (author) from london on December 24, 2020:

Much Love, Alicia. Thanks for your kind support. For what it's worth, in my Heart you're a very decent and loving soul and I pray God you have a wonderful Christmas today )00:10) and a bright and luminous New Year. Thanks so much for your kind sentiments.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 24, 2020:

Thank you for creating this lovely article, Manatita. You’ve shared interesting ideas for traditional Christians and for others. This is a lovely time of year! Season’s greetings to you, too.

manatita44 (author) from london on December 24, 2020:

Aww Ruby,

many thanks for a charming sentiment from you. Hope you and yours, do stay safe and well and enjoy your holidays and are looking forward, to a bright new dawn of 2021. Much Love.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 24, 2020:

This is special and I love Kelly Clarkson and Garth Brooks , I'm listening as I type. This is the time of year when there are lonely people who need our love and a helping hand. I pray you are happy, healthy and a blessing to all you encounter. Hugs my poet friend.

manatita44 (author) from london on December 24, 2020:

Ah, Denise.

A fine sentiment from you! Thank you so much!

Yes, yes, you're right. Everyone deserves Love. Peace and good will to you this Christmas and 2021.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on December 24, 2020:

I am thankful that He came and showed us the way to the light. You are right that we should not forget those who are less fortunate than ourselves this time of year especially. Thanks for the reminders.

Blessings,

Denise

manatita44 (author) from london on December 24, 2020:

Thank You, Peggy, for such a loving and heartfelt sentiment. Merry Christmas!!

Hi Ann,

Yes, We pray for a new dawn in 2021, especially. Let's go for a peaceful Christmas with friends and loved ones where we can. Thanks for the sentiments. Merry Christmas!

Thanks Pamela.

This blessing you send out is appreciated ... much. God bless you too and thanks for your continued support. La Paz (Peace)

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 24, 2020:

I agree that we know we live in a "globally connected world". We are all in the pandemic together this year, and I pray 2021 is better.

I enjoyed reading eveything you wrote, and I pray you have a blessed holiday season, Manatita. God bless you, my friend.

Ann Carr from SW England on December 24, 2020:

Your Homily for the Soul is beautiful, with its subtle, lateral references to others' words; I found it consoling and hopeful.

I am grateful for so many things that I could not choose just one in your poll. I am grateful for my children, my grandchildren, my soul-mate and our beautiful world, amongst so much else.

Happy Christmas to you and I hope we all see a better world in 2021.

Ann

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 24, 2020:

May you enjoy all of the happiness of this season. Praying for a better new year ahead as we say goodbye to 2020. Keep spreading your messages of love and kindness for all of humanity in the years to come.

manatita44 (author) from london on December 24, 2020:

Thank you, Bill.

Equalmente! (Equally), to you and your dear family and loved ones. la paz.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 24, 2020:

Wishing you the happiest of holiday seasons, my friend. May love be your constant companion as 2020 comes to an end. Thank you for your friendship!

love

bill