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This Healing Light: Homily for the Devout. Wednesday’s Inspiration 14, to my Very Dear Pamela Oglesby for February 13th.

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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.

Thought for the Day

One may have an emotional, social, mental, physical, psychic or financial need. Yet the Divine Mother knows best. Put the concerns to Her and then remain open, or be guided by the Light or Voice of the soul and act accordingly. Never rush, especially as the mind and emotions, can be misleading. Finally,

“Whatever happens in Divine Providence, is always for the best, as there’s no alternative.” – Sri Chinmoy

"Prayer Begins When Human Capacity Ends."- Sri Chinmoy

Offer and Surrender ... let go!

Offer and Surrender ... let go!

The Ascent of the Soul

The natural state of the soul, is one of Love, Light … Compassion (Mercy). Each being is an instrument, or spark of this Love, and its nature is to manifest or express Love’s Joy/Bliss/Ananda, in creation. We came from Delight, we live in Delight and at the end of our journey’s close, we will return to Delight.

We have not done so badly, after all. We think things are bad but consider the Roman times, the medieval times … the great Empires and Dynasties. This is not a Hub designed to look at the darkness, like Star Wars, but merely to enlighten, to encourage introspection … to seek for meaning to life.

We are souls and the body is the temple of the Absolute One, called by so many names in East and West … the same river, ultimately, flowing into the same Ocean of Mercy, Light and Love. We are separated from our Source, like bamboo flutes, trying to find our way back to the Reed Bed. Because consciously or unconsciously, we remember it and long to go back.

Such is the nature of spiritual evolution, of progressing in and enjoying Love’s divine game, in both its light and shadow. In that sense, Covid-19 and God’s Light are in harmony with each other.

The Light Beckons

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The Soul and its Journey

Just as a flame and its source, as day and night, as heaven and earth, so called good and evil, joy and pain, are all a part of this larger cosmic game. Spirit is Omnipresent and there’s nothing outside of Spirit. So, in that sense, shadows or darkness, are a part of the plan.

In Yoga Philosophy, there are four forms of life. The soul descends (Involution); then it ascends (Evolution), moving forward and upwards via its life experiences:

  • Mineral life
  • Plant life
  • Animal life
  • Human life

The fifth stage is the transformation of human life, to the natural or Realised state of the life divine. Therein lies the life of plenitude, Silence … beauty and endless Bliss. This condition is present in us now, as we are souls, which is part and parcel of the larger Spirit. We identify with the body, not understanding that we are made in the image of Spirit … that we are immortal and cannot die.

Not to know this is the real death and indeed we die, while we are alive; we go blind, even while we see. This is because we do not knock at the inner Citadel of Paradise … of the spiritual Heart. We are propelled by ego, greed, attachments, anger and lust (Ignorance or desires, limitations, cravings, nafs, imperfections).

Why is that so? Well, for the most part, life is a divine game and I alluded to that. Love, that invisible/visible thrill, upon whose strings and command we dance, wants to enjoy Itself. As such it behooves us to partake in this cosmic Lila. (Divine game). So life, with all its teeming weaknesses and adversities, exists for the growth or progression of the soul.

Whatever is happening outside of us, is also happening within. How we see the world, would depend on our own level of spiritual growth. The kindergarten child will sing Jack and Jill and play games, but the professor’s engagements would be scholarly and different.

Supplication

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Spiritual Discipline and Its Methods, for going back to our Source

Yet each is essential, just as religion is to the devout. We cannot move faster than Grace. God’s choice hour is different for each soul, as we are all unique and are sent here to play or own crucial part, in this vast Arena of sojourning. Nevertheless, sooner or later, as we evolve, we all come to one Path: The Path of Love.

Going back to the God-head, necessitates a manual of instructions, or a few basic precepts, depending on how each soul vibrates to its own needs, as pre-determined by the laws of Cause and Effects. However, common among them are:

  • Prayer, both verbal and silent. Prayer is an entreaty, in the sense that it is by very nature, a means of asking something of a Higher Entity.
  • Meditation –the act of surrender, of allowing the subtle Energy to flow into the inner vessel –the Heart. Here Love speaks and we listen in Silence to the Heart.
  • Meditation is conscious self-expansion, not thinking. It is like being at the bottom of the sea. On top, there may be a multitude of waves, but down there it’s all silent, quiet … calm.

There are various forms of spiritual disciplines, but most Faiths speak of Sewa (Self-giving), gratitude, singing/chanting/reciting/devotionals/sutras/aphorisms/psalms/beatitudes and so forth. It is these acts of selflessness in life, which ultimately opens the psychic Heart and facilitates receptivity, so crucial to inner spiritual experiences. We need them to enhance progress, a faster way to the Godhead.

One should seek out a group of like-minded and most importantly, sincere people, to practice prayer and other forms of Dharma (Righteousness, duty), designed to encourage inner peace: breathing, dance, retreats and so forth. By so doing, we will begin to lessen the needs of the flute, as we move closer and closer to the Reed Bed, from whence we came.

Finally, whatever happens outside is happening within. This Earth can only mirror or reflect our own state, as the Divine is within, not outside of us. Paradise is an inner and infinitely more subtle Realm, but yes, we are the Reed Bed and not the flute.

Yet we are both, as the Formless can only manifest, in and through the form. The Unmanifest, only through the manifest. Yet once the form - like the sheep who looks into the water and suddenly realizes it’s a lion - we will one day return to our natural state. Let us feel Love in everything we say, think and do, manifesting that Higher Light in our actions, allowing us to return to our natural habitat, in an effulgence of wonder and glory. Hari Om Tat Sat!!

My tips about Meditation here: - Practicing Yoga and Meditation: Tips for Beginners - CalorieBee - Diet & Exercise

Happy Soul's Day, Pamela

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Wisdom from the Master

"Victory means temporary peace,

But Peace is eternity's victory." - Sri Chinmoy


"Obstacles are meant

To be surmounted.

Shun self-doubts

And be victorious." - Sri Chinmoy

Oh, Light, my Light, Come!

© 2021 manatita44

Comments

manatita44 (author) from london on February 05, 2021:

My Sweet.

I love you even more now, for you have grasped the essence of Spirituality. The Kingdom of Heaven is within you and you are Spirit. Mystically, we say there are seven higher planes and seven lower planes. Guruji teaches that there are more, but most Masters speak of these seven.

Why aren't we there? Because we are living in the gross Spirit/Consciousness and we cannot access the higher inner realms without a high state of purity. Hence the recommendations of Prayer, Love, self-giving and basically just living life. This facilitates growth. Peace.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on February 05, 2021:

Manatita, this is full of wisdom and clarity. I know Pamela appreciates this.

I had to come back when I had time to read slowly, for I wanted to absorb the message. The aha moment for me was this: " This Earth can only mirror or reflect our own state, as the Divine is within, not outside of us."

Very eye-opening piece, my friend.

manatita44 (author) from london on February 04, 2021:

Thank you, Misbah. Love your new style!

Your sentiments to Pamela is appreciated. Salaam!

Misbah from The Planet Earth on February 04, 2021:

Manatita a Very beautiful and lovely tribute to a very beautiful and kind lady!

Hats off

manatita44 (author) from london on February 04, 2021:

Indeed! We are all sparks of a Higher or Perennial Entity, called by different Names. Love seems to be its guiding pulse. Thanks a lot, Peggy. Much Love.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 04, 2021:

Not only is your article a wonderful nod to Pamela, who writes informative medical articles, based upon her knowledge of nursing, but it is a map to how we should all approach life. Blessings to you both!

manatita44 (author) from london on February 04, 2021:

Thanks Linda.

She's indeed a loving soul, yes. I always say that God just wants us to try. True, some will do more than trying, but the Supreme will inevitably meet us half-way, or perhaps come even further, like good moms like Linda L does with her children, No? Lol. Thank you, my Dear.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on February 04, 2021:

Despite pain and sadness, Pamela remains positive and full of grace. She is a kind, loving soul and I am pleased to say that she is a friend. Thank you for this tribute to her.

manatita44 (author) from london on February 04, 2021:

Chuckle. The part I like best, or rather what made me chuckle is the part where your thoughts 'keep getting interrupted.' It is a lovely road but a long journey. I have put a link to Meditation at the bottom of the Hub. There I explain the whole thing quite simply in another Hub. Yes, you will run into problems initially. Meditation is asking us to go against habits of a life! Peace.

manatita44 (author) from london on February 04, 2021:

Thanks Devika,

Loving thoughts about Pamela and I applaud your praiseworthy comments on her behalf. Much Love.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 04, 2021:

Pamela is a sweet and kind person her work is incredible. It is always nice to know what a great community of writers we have here. Your idea of writing about Pamela is most interesting and tells me you know the community well.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 04, 2021:

Manatita44,

Such a lovely tribute to Pamela.

Your words of guidance on life's journey speaks the truth.

I suppose Covid-19 and God's light is on the same page since it truly affects each one of us across the globe.

God's choice for each one of us is different & we must listen to find our purpose.

We all play a part.

Prayer is an important tool to help guide us along the journey.

Meditation is something I haven't quite mastered for my thoughts keep getting interupted.

Great article.

manatita44 (author) from london on February 04, 2021:

Thank you so much, Chitrangada Ji. Your loving sentiments to Pamela is noted. Appreciations

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 04, 2021:

Lovely tribute to Pamela, a dear friend and wonderful writer. She is an asset to HubPages, and her health related articles are enriching and informative.

As always, you have done it beautifully. Thank you for sharing this.

manatita44 (author) from london on February 04, 2021:

Thank you, Rosina.

You show an understanding of my work. Gratitude

Rosina S Khan on February 03, 2021:

Yes, we should inspire hope, light and love within our hearts all the time. This article just does that. A great tribute to Pamela, who deserves it well.

manatita44 (author) from london on February 03, 2021:

Aww, Pamela.

So sweet, so sweet!

I'm really happy that you found this article useful and as an aspiring seeker of Love and Light, may it serve, where possible, to enrichen your life.

God is indeed an Ocean of Mercy and the old cliche that He carries us when we fail to see two sets of footprints, is absolutely correct.

I was just checking to see if I spelt your name right and stumbled on the other Hub. That's how I know. It is usually my Surabhi and Nellieanna that I remember, but Nellieanna does not respond anymore. I have no idea of how this beautiful Aquarian is doing. Much Love.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 03, 2021:

Manatita, I am delighted with this article, as it is filled with wisdom. it is a lovely tribute to me. I don't know exactly how you knew my birthday was soon, but thank you so much.

The "ocean of Mercy, Light and Love" paints a beautiful picture of life. I believe that with God all things are possible. I agree that we should feel love in everything we do. Thank you, Manatita.

manatita44 (author) from london on February 03, 2021:

Thank you, Ann.

Lovely sentiments to Pamela. Appreciated

Ann Carr from SW England on February 03, 2021:

Lovely tribute to a lovely lady, always upbeat and with a kind word.

Ann

manatita44 (author) from london on February 03, 2021:

Thank you so much, Bill. She's got a great Heart. Peace!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 03, 2021:

I was just about to shut down for the day when this popped up, and there was no way I was ignoring a tribute to Pamela. Bravo to you both, and thank you, both, for your friendship on this journey.