Clutched in The Vice-Like Grip of Non-Surmounted Obstacles. A Sonnet

Despair and Light

To conquer despair or aloneness, Light is required to descend into darkness. Love needs to manifest in the human Heart, then flow through the body. This is necessary to see the face of Peace, Delight… to sail on Infinity’s shore, in the golden boat of the Eternal. (Taken and paraphrased from the work of Sri Chinmoy, my Guruji)

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"Prayer begins when human capacity ends." - Sri Chinmoy


Clutched in the vice-like grip of non-surmounted obstacles,

Past shadows colour my breath and weigh me down.

Like a weeping willow of tangled tears,

I cannot find the answers in my abyss.


O Love, throw out this heavy yoke from me --

This ancient burden that I’m trying to transcend.

I continue to drink, holding on to a tainted chalice,

Isolated in my dark tunnel of despair.


Sorrow and wallow now haunt my sacred Soul,

As it weeps, lost in a solemn and joyless rhythm.

The fire of its beauty has been extinguished;

I cry out for the Grace of my Sovereign Queen.


Sweet One, Your blessings, I beseech,

Replace this ‘starless’ night, with the purity of Your effulgent Light.


-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. Copyrighted 31st July, 2016.


~Awakening The Inner Light ~

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Surabhi Kaura 4 months ago from Toronto, Canada

“To conquer despair or aloneness, Light is required to descend into darkness. Love needs to manifest in the human Heart, then flow through the body. This is necessary to see the face of Peace, Delight… to sail on Infinity’s shore, in the golden boat of the Eternal” – Manatita

Beautiful… excellent… vivacious... impeccable! Written with an open mind and an awakened Heart.

It’s actually true what Sri Chinmoy ji says. What can we do when the human capacity ends? It is then that we yearn for the Beloved-Supreme; the Brahman. He who quenches our thirst in a far-flung desert of despair.

A beautiful poem with much food for thought. Ah! Like a weeping willow of tangled tears indeed! How do you come up with these soul-stirring lines? What’s the secret (smile). Just kidding. I know the secret.

Your poems on despair are not just about despair. They teach an exemplary lesson that after after every dark night, there is effulgent Light – a new sunrise waiting for us to rise once again with a strong willpower.

Gibran’s poems are coming into the picture now. He’s the talk of the town; especially at the poetry places. You ended with a beautiful quote, my Dear.

Om Shanti.


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manatita44 4 months ago from london Author

Sweetheart, the very first bit is not mines. I wrote this Hub using my Guruji's quotes in the text capsules, but they refused it and closed the Hub down. So I removed them all save this first that you love so much.

You see, you are receptive to my Guruji's Light. He is the greatest poet that I've ever known.

Anyway, I paraphrased it, adding some of my own stuff in the spirit of Sri Chinmoy. Now I'll return to the quote and say paraphrased by Sri Chinmoy. The poem is all my work. Like all my great works, I draw from an intuitive flow, from meditation, from my Inner Pilot ...

Yes...yes...despair helps us. About Gibran, Guruji has quoted him in the past. About 20 years ago, I saw The Prophet recited in two parts with props from beginning to end. It was so alive; so dynamic; so inspirational! I have read it many times. Much Love, my Sweet Japanese Doll.


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AliciaC 4 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a lovely and inspirational hub, Manatita. Though I've heard about both Sri Chinmoy and Gibran, I don't know much about them. Your article has encouraged me to do more research into their teachings and ideas.


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Surabhi Kaura 4 months ago from Toronto, Canada

Wow! Guru ji's teachings are truly exceptional. I will follow this path... one day. Have a blessed day. Love ya!


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manatita44 4 months ago from london Author

You,re two of my favourite ladies. At the chocolate poetry club literally eating chocholates! - manatita


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Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

An insightful and inspirational poetry. I value the words quoted by Guruji. But, I like to go a step further and say that prayer and gratitude should be always expressed, not merely after losing your hopes, but always.

Thanks for this beautiful presentation.


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manatita44 4 months ago from london Author

Thank you Venkatachari M. Much appreciation.


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Frank Atanacio 4 months ago from Shelton

your words are so poetic.. sound, and a joy to read.. thanks for sharing this


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manatita44 4 months ago from london Author

Thank you, Frank. Are you taking a rest? No Hubs from you? I will have a look. Thank you so much!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Most wonderful and inspirational.


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manatita44 3 months ago from london Author

Ha ha, Gypsy. This was suppose to be one of despair. You like it? Perhaps it fits me. (chuckle)


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aviannovice 3 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Honestly, I don't believe we are ever alone...


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manatita44 3 months ago from london Author

Most certainly not, Deb. The angels even whisper in our ears. Cool, eh?

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