Divine Impressions: The Way of The Esoteric and Aesthetic Lovers

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“Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.” -John Keats.”

The esoteric or aesthetic poet works with 'feel' or intuition. He/she pulls from above or deep within. While there is no hard and fast rule, there is generally no interest in organised courses, as it diminishes the creative flow. Instead, there is an ability to dream, to imagine ... to stand still and to be. One shining example is of the Seer-poet, Sri Chinmoy, who is conveying a state of Samadhi, of Oneness with the Absolute:

“No mind, no form, I only exists,

Now cease all will and thought.

The final end of nature’s dance,

I am it whom I have sought… “ - The Absolute, by Sri Chinmoy. Copyrighted.

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And herein lies the sense of sublimity, of profundity of the esoteric poet. The Seeress, or Seeress-to-be, is also generally exquisite; beautifully piercing. She not only feels the elegance and eloquence of which I speak, but paints it in colours, while cloaking it in a language all her own.

This is done to such an extent that the divine reader sees the message, not only in the wonderful artistry depicted in words and pictures, but tastes the Seeress consciousness itself.

Consider the enchanting dance of ballerina Maya Plisetskaya's Dying Swan, or the god-like gifts of Audrey Hepburn in Nellieanna's Hub, The Essence of Elegance. Do you feel the beauty of her flow, the passion for what she writes?

Here in another book, can you touch the yearning in Nishta's Soul as she sings, like David, an unparalleled psalm to the Beloved?

Supplication

“Long have I drifted in this alien land,

Like a seafarer on a rudderless vessel.

My connection to You, oh my Beloved,

Has been broken like the ship’s rusty sails.

O Great One,

Fasten my Soul to your garments;

Flood my heart with your nectar-sweet,

And carry me to the immortal shores of the beyond.” – Fr the Book, Maxim’s for Our Children: A Look at the Teachings of Jesus, the Christ, by Manatita.

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Of course the esoteric poet is equally at home with nature or things ephemeral. He/she is driven only by the beauty, light, the astounding … which touches the heart, whispers into the Being, and like a magnet, draws him/her into the repository of the Soul, to find meaning or expression. As such we get the:

“Seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness,

Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun …” of Keats, or


“Do not stand at my grave and weep,

I am not there; I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,

I am the diamond glints on the snow….” Of Mary Elizabeth Fry.


More recent poets, of which one would find a good many on Hub pages, also expresses themselves quite sweetly, as the romantics did. Consider Nellieanna’s, Sweet Destiny:

“Oh - if, somehow

I sing my songs more sweetly;

If everything I think or do

I want to share with only you …”- Nellieanna H Hay.


Now take a peek at Longfellow:


Lives of great men all remind us,

We can make our lives sublime.

And departing leave behind us,

Footprints on the sand of time." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow..

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Finally, all lofty poets are drawn either consciously, or unconsciously, by an inspiration to serve. They seek no glory, but print, like Banksy, upon a blank canvas, so that whatever is written or shared, will benefit Mother Earth. They are selfless lovers of the Way and nearly always believe in a Higher Entity or perennial Presence.

There are many more aesthetic and esoteric poets who write for Hub Pages. This is just a sampling, of the exquisite outpouring of great works that I have seen. May you all be filled with the majesty of words; inspired by the lofty vision and artistic whisperings of these fine poets. – Manatita 29th April, 2014. Copyrighted.

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Whether you are writing beautifully or writing about beauty, your articles are always welcomed and appreciated. This one is certainly no exception.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

What you have said here is very special, my Brother, Bill.

It is an act of beauty itself, and suits the piece. Just the kind of artistry of which I speak. Loving thoughts.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Your poetry is beautiful, whether you write about love or the seasons, truly a gifted poet..


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

You are one of the lofty poets you speak about. You also pull from above and within present your messages in exceptional form. Enjoyable!


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Ms Dora: You look very beautiful and charming! Ever young!

Thanks for your soulful compliment.


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vkwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

You are an amazing poet and a master of words.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

And you are sweetness itself, and very kind. Goodnight my Sweet.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

Whatever you write always seems to have a special aura or glow around it, Manatita. It has beauty, but surpasses it. It has wisdom, but probes the heart of it. This subject and your treatment of it does all that. By the way, I tried to find your book, Maxim’s for Our Children: A Look at the Teachings of Jesus, the Christ, by Manatita, in order to learn more about the poem you quoted here from it, called “Supplication”, but my search was in vain.

You mentioned wanting to be sure I’m happy with this one. I am! And I’m stimulated into thought by it, as well!

For instance, use of the word, “Esoteric” intrigues me, especially in describing my poetry, because so little of it is truly ambiguous or obscure, though it is often subtle, seldom blatant and usually has depths and levels of meaning which may not be obvious to every reader, even while it usually does communicate with readers at various levels of human experience. In some moments, yes, I’ve written some poetry which really is quite (synonyms) “abstruse, obscure, arcane, recherché, rarefied, recondite, abstract; enigmatic, inscrutable, cryptic, Delphic; complex, complicated, incomprehensible, opaque, impenetrable, mysterious.” But it is wholly unplanned either way, and simply expresses what pours forth from within. I notice, though, that most of the obvious meanings of my poetry touch most people’s hearts and relate to their experience in some way. It’s not ‘about’ pounding home a message and I’m undisturbed if deeper meanings are unperceived but by only those who share, sense or discover them. In fact, to me, that is the essence of the relationship between a poet and a reader. Perhaps it’ also a trait of such an esoteric poet as you describe, and part of what you mean by “. . . . the esoteric poet is equally at home with nature or things ephemeral.”

The Aesthetic quality, though, is one with which I easily and fully identify, because “He/she is driven only by the beauty, light, the astounding … which touches the heart, whispers into the Being, and like a magnet, draws him/her into the repository of the Soul, to find meaning or expression.” I simply gravitate to what is beautiful to some or all of the senses, - and also to what is beautiful to the mind; and to expressing what is (synonyms) “artistic, tasteful, in good taste; graceful, elegant, exquisite, beautiful, attractive, pleasing, lovely.”

So perhaps there is little division between the esoteric and the aesthetic, in spite of what their definitions and contrasting synonyms might imply? To me, in a true uni-verse, these are merely delightful facets and attributes of the singleness of it - and what makes it so very wonderful! Perfection and consistency would be so utterly boring! Considering the abundant evidence, the Higher Entity and Perennial Presence prefers the interesting and seemingly inconsistent.

I’m honored even to be included in your beautiful, esoteric discussion of “The Way of The Esoteric or Aesthetic Lover”. As you say, dear friend: “There are many more aesthetic and esoteric poets who write for Hub Pages.” YES! I know many more! Of course, YOU are one of the best! This was a pleasure to visit! I love "Invictus" and your visuals are just breathtaking!


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

ps - I see on your profile that your book, " Maxim’s for Our Children: A Look at the Teachings of Jesus, the Christ," is in the process of being finished. So my question above is answered! Good!


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Your descriptive adjectives are all very beautiful and meaningful, and interestingly enough, just how I would think of both you and your work. I would use the words lofty, sublime, profound and yes, aesthetic, but not esoteric except in so far as it fits your statement:

"So perhaps there is little division between the esoteric and the aesthetic, in spite of what their definitions and contrasting synonyms might imply? To me, in a true uni-verse, these are merely delightful facets and attributes of the singleness of it - and what makes it so very wonderful!"

The esoteric poet is deeper, like in Sri Chinmoy's poem, The Absolute, and draws from a conscious spiritual experience. I have esoteric poems here but perhaps you have not read them: In the Presence of Thy Sanctity or Two Divine Sisters, both of which came from direct inner experiences.

I chuckle when you speak of my book. My Guru, Sri Chinmoy is out but not the other. I am halfway and have not written for many months! God has blessed me not to have writer's block, but I follow a Path which is based on service to mankind and there is always a lot going on.

Finally, I am as spontaneous as you are. Thoughts come to me in reverie, through music or film or poetry or straight from the ether. I may also just sit and write and re-shape in just over 20-30 mins if necessary. I go where the call takes me. Enough for now.

With gratitude for your vast, positive and meaningful support.


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Beauty is found within the heart, and it comes pouring out when it is ripe.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

What can I say, Debs. God has given me the capacity to feel goodness, and also to have favourites. You are most definitely one of them! My deepest and most heartfelt love to you, my Sweet Sister.

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