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Spirituality: A Simple Approach. Friday's Inspiration 2. An Offering to Mary Norton


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

"You are the soul which is unlimited. Your soul is infinitely powerful. Your soul defies all time and space. Your special mission - which is the fulfilment of your divinity - is not outside you, but within. Search within. Meditate within. You will discover your mission." - Sri Chinmoy



Introduction to spiritual living

“Happiness is Love bubbling forth into the newness and fulness of life.” -Sri Chinmoy

Just one of the many quotes on happiness from my Guruji and indeed we will no doubt see many more in our search for happiness. Why can’t we feel and hold on to it? Perhaps we are looking externally, listening to too many life-coaches, motivators and inspirators … shouting at life.

The spiritual life is simple and it is all about Love and service. Love is the Absolute in Its various manifestations, including the Creation, which is a projection of Itself. So, we are in fact Gods or Love.

“What, know ye not that ye are the children of God, that God dwells in you and you are not your own? 1Corinthians, 6:19

“I have said. You are Gods and all of your children are of the most high.” Psalms 82:6

It matters not whether we are religious or spiritual, atheists or agnostics, as there is an inherent quest in all for inner fulfillment … a greater meaning to life. We are born free and we sense this consciously or unconsciously, being constantly pushed or driven by an impulse, to find our true Source.

We are spiritual beings

What is that Source? We are spirit-beings, meaning that we are made in the image of Spirit or God. Moreover, we are not really different. Every soul is unique, yes and has its own message to offer to the world. Yet we all flow from the same Origin. Water is agua in Spain, jal for the Muslims and pani for the Hindu, but it is essentially the same H20. So too, we are many with distinct features and purposes, all coming from the Absolute Supreme.

Sri Chinmoy describes the human psyche in five parts: body, vital, mind, heart, and soul. In the West we say body and soul. We think of our selves as a body with a soul, but essentially, we are Spirit, meaning the the physical is only an instrument or temple of the Divine. The Heart is the Shrine and the soul is the deity within the Shrine. The body is a necessary instrument to manifest the Light or divinity of Allah, but it will perish one day. The soul is immortal.

We are not the body … we are the soul which is immortal, limitless … we are trying to find our way Home. How do we do this? We have read so many books on Astrology, palmistry, clairvoyance, life-coaching and so on, that we have forgotten the basics: Love, service, charity, gratitude … prayer both verbal and silent, meditation … and a host of others.

These are necessary to keep the limitations in check: ego, greed, lust, attachments, anger. If we are not free from insecurity, fear, jealously, power and a few more, then we cannot truly help humans. We have to start, like I have done, but even I am not free. I am a seeker of the Light, like you all and you are my brothers and sisters of the One.


What we are seeking is not outside us, but within. Going on pilgrimage, reading books, drinking holy water are all helpful, according to our measure of faith. Faith comes within. So, we see that inner growth is necessary and indeed patience too, as the spiritual life is not a race.

A dear friend said that she felt that Spirituality was deeds and reflections. Very noble. Yet Religion is life itself. You are energy and whatever you do affect the world. You and I affect each other and the world around us, by the vibrations that we offer to the world. Do you wonder why you are unhappy with sad news, or in an angry crowd? Why you are happy with friends and good news? It is all because of vibrations or energy.

All things carry a vibration or energy, even a stone. We call it Consciousness; Christianity calls it Spirit and the physicist call it a force or energy field. Everything is Spirit and matter is purely Spirit with form, necessary for the glory of God.


Tools for living

So, what is necessary?

  1. A belief or faith in Something Higher, not separate, but within the mystic being. We call it the Heart
  2. The Practice of the Presence of God, as Brother Laurence calls it. That conscious awareness of gratitude the moment we awake, what we see in the kitchen, nature, the streets, at work are all godlike and we are called upon to serve in this spirit.
  3. Prayer or meditation. This is where the Grace of Higher forces come from. We are not free, in a sense, and cannot do this by ourselves.
  4. Hence prayer, selfless service … all activities as mentioned by scriptures, designed to enlarge the Heart … to make us more receptive to Spirit … to the flow of inward Grace in our lives. We feed the hungry body, don’t we? So why don’t we feed the soul?

Guruji used to say, that if you wish to swim, he can teach you. You will be offered the goggles, the fins, paddles, pull-buoys, etc. If finally, however, you declined to get into the water, then how will you be able to swim? Spiritual practice is like getting into the water: morning and evening prayer, soulful service, kindness and generosity, selfless-giving, empathy and gratitude.

Please remember that in Yoga the weakness is inside you, not outside: fear, envy, loneliness, stress … again, if you think about it, in heaven God won’t ask about Harry or Jane, He will ask them about themselves, yes, but He will also ask you about you. What have you done for Him? He won’t ask about me or your mom or dad or anyone else. Spirituality is the language of the Heart, your own spiritual Heart, what you sometimes experience as conscience.

Let us all strive to better ourselves, acknowledging our weaknesses, our limitations; rising from our falls, only to continue marching to our Beloved Supreme.

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 17th January, 2020


© 2020 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on January 21, 2020:

Haha, Dee.

You are beginning to understand me so well!! Kudos to your own Spirituality. Peace.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 21, 2020:

Thanks for underscoring "the basics: Love, service, charity, gratitude … prayer both verbal and silent, meditation" etc. A very important message!

manatita44 (author) from london on January 20, 2020:

What a beautiful sentiment! Ruby you are always so good to me! Love you, Ruby

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 20, 2020:

I am spiritual not religious. I hold myself above no one. Just going to church and not seeing the needs of others is not what God wants from us. Judging others is in my opinion the most hurtful thing we can do. The world is hurting for love. I love the message you wrote in this hub. Thank you once again for sharing love and wisdom.

manatita44 (author) from london on January 19, 2020:

Thank you so much, Peggy. A very beautiful sentiment. You are a loving soul.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 19, 2020:

What a beautiful and inspirational piece you have written, Manatita! We should all strive to meld our spirituality and love of others into our daily lives. For, in the end, it is all that truly matters.

manatita44 (author) from london on January 18, 2020:

Thanks Brenda.

So you are deep, like me? It is hard to understand my work without Spirituality and you show much wisdom. My gratitude for such a discerning comment.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 17, 2020:


This is a great article reminding one to take care of themselves for in the end he must answer only for himself.

It is true that we are all alike. You desrcibed this quite uniquely with your words. Well done.

I suppose we all do listen and read too msny things instead of trusting to find the answers inside of us.

Your words are inspirational.

Thanks for sharing.

manatita44 (author) from london on January 17, 2020:

Greetings, Miz.

You look quite charming, if I may say so.

Bill is quite right, but we cannot do this alone. One thing is to love, the other is to know and follow the dictates of the Higher forces. Still, this wisdom comes with Love and a life of spiritual practices (Sadhana). They go together. God's plan for us, otherwise man will think he is doing it himself.

The wise say: "O Shyama, it is all Your Grace. I know that by myself, I can do nothing." It is a joy to see you, Miz. Much Love.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on January 17, 2020:

Manatita, I loved your article and I loved Bill's comment. I see religion as a low-level substitute for true spirituality. One that man uses until awakening into true seeing within. Then comes true spiritual love.

manatita44 (author) from london on January 17, 2020:

To Eric,

Great! So lovely to see you, Bro. Are you better? I'll go over to your site soon. Welcome back and yes, "Truth is in all but Love is all." -Sri Chinmoy

Thank you, Devika. You are very wise. Much Love.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 17, 2020:

Masterfully done my friend. You just cannot get around the reality that love is that rock upon which all other matters spiritual are built.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 17, 2020:

I see religions as ''A nessary devotion to obtain peace'' I believe and share my ways of beliefs to myself. Peaceful and joyous to me. Life is just that you know. Anything more then it differs, for me life is what you make of it and combine all what you wrote here makes a lot of sense.

manatita44 (author) from london on January 17, 2020:

A high ideal, my brother. We need more with this lofty kind of thinking. Peace

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 17, 2020:

If I am a spiritual being having a human experience, which I believe, then my job is to live a spiritual life...and, in my mind, the key to doing that is to live a life of love.

And so I shall!



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