I Once Dined, Burned, Danced and Bled. I Now Serve.


I once dined in the boat of uncomely experiences,

Stabbing myself with the arrow of temptation.

I just dined.

I once burned in the valley of shadows,

Biting at the apple of ‘petty’ needs.

I just burned.

I once infected my own wound,

Bleeding with the naked knife of gossip.

I just bled.

I once entered the realm of dance and music.

I swayed with the night of ignorance,

And flirted with the web of complacency.

I just danced; swayed … flirted.

Now I am trying to serve my Beloved,

In the cry of the Pilgrim-Seekers,

Dreaming of Love in the Heart of life.

I just serve. –Manatita.

©Copyrighted, 7th January, 2016.

~ Awakening The Inner Light ~


Inspirational Quotes

" O Bible, the Saviour has taken away my sins,

Will you not take away, my little, little worries, at least?"

"Jesus was great. Greater was His mercy. Greatest was His sacrifice."

"Love grows in the Soul.

Glows in the Heart,

And finally flows through the body." - All quotes by Sri Chinmoy.

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shprd74 12 months ago from Bangalore

I think in silence,

where am i, what am i since,

Is because,

what I was, thence.

So will, i get another chance?

Oh! No,

if I still live on past tense.

Oh! Yes.

If have acceptance on my consciousness.

Nice poem manatita.

- hari

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manatita44 12 months ago from london Author

'Cool' poem, Bro. Nice! Thank you so much! Om Shanti!

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bravewarrior 12 months ago from Central Florida

Thank you for sharing your journey in such a beautiful composition, Manatita.

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manatita44 12 months ago from london Author

Ha ha, my Sweet Faithful. Different style here. You like it? Hope I did not drift away from the Light too much. I wanted a different shade of poem. Thank you so much!

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swalia 12 months ago

Beautiful description of your spiritual journey. My journey is somewhat same. It's amazing how meeting the master transforms you!

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manatita44 12 months ago from london Author

Thank you Swalia. We are so alike, we humans ...

I try to express the journey of the Soul in myriad ways...

Higher thoughts and blessings.

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swalia 12 months ago

So alike...after all, the same parmatma resides in all of us. It's just that we have forgotten our eternal relationship with Him. The journey is all about reviving our love for the divine.

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Venkatachari M 12 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Very nice, Manatita. Wonderful account of the journey. Thanks for sharing it.

And, I appreciate Hari bhai's nice comment playing with the tense.

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manatita44 12 months ago from london Author

Yes, my Sweet. Much wisdom there. A re-awakening or Realisation of one's true Nature. Hari Om!

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vasantha T k 12 months ago from Bangalore

manatita, beautiful poem. A journey through spirituality!

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manatita44 12 months ago from london Author

Thank you, Bro. Yes, Brother Hari's was charming. Appreciations.

Vasantha TK. Indeed! So much if not all is the journey. See the short video in 'I Wanted To Shine With The Light of Heaven.'

Your sentiment is truly appreciated. Hari.

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shprd74 12 months ago from Bangalore

Thanks manatita u triggered me to feel it to write it.

May i thank venkatachari sir too. :-)

- hari

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always exploring 12 months ago from Southern Illinois

Beautiful. We've all been there, now we only want peace.

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Missy Smith 12 months ago from Florida

Very beautiful. We are all human. The important thing is we grow and learn and become wiser for it. :)

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MsDora 12 months ago from The Caribbean

Transformation at best. The images of "Dined, Burned, Danced and Bled" are very effective.

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manatita44 12 months ago from london Author

Yes, Hari. You're both great Souls.

Hi Ruby.

Ha ha. Peace indeed! I thought of you today. Felt like dropping you a line. All's great, I hope. Higher blessings.


Too true! Your Hubs are more and more illumining and fulfilling. Keep going ... thank you and much Love.


Chuckle, chuckle ...you know me. I just have to be different. Hey he. Love you, Dee. Praise be!

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emge 12 months ago from Abu Dhabi

its a lovely poem. So topical also

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manatita44 12 months ago from london Author

Indeed, Emge! You're so right! Your fine contribution is really appreciated. Much Love.

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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

This is perhaps my favourite of all your poems I have read manatita. I can relate. Love the quotes and images too.

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manatita44 12 months ago from london Author

Thanks, my Friend Jodah. I like that one too. I have a few like this, I mean, quite different, but with a strong Spirit and message that flows well. I wrote three that day. They're all here.

Once again, I truly appreciate your loving contribution to my poems. In Love and Light.

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Pacesetter Abbey 12 months ago from Houston, Texas.

Woah! It's been a while since I read a poem as beautiful as this. I guess I will learn from you and start writing mine #Smiles.

God bless you Sir, with more of his infinite and divine inspiration.

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manatita44 12 months ago from london Author

My Brother Pacesetter.

God bless your loving Heart. So grateful for your fine contribution here. Much Peace.

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Frank Atanacio 12 months ago from Shelton

very beautiful message here in poetic form.... loved it my friend

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Surabhi Kaura 12 months ago from Toronto, Canada

Whoa! Hold on… hold on a second. This is beyond admiration. I can somehow connect the last stanza with your other Sonnet, “What I Wanted, And What I Became.”

This is a different style of poetry, which I have seen after many long years. But of course, your message and style is different here with a peculiar aura of spirituality. I completely understand this poem. Sometimes… it is better when certain words are left unsaid and unspoken. But hey! The yearning to meet with the Supreme must be uttered… must be expressed. What a brilliant poem. Actually this is my second favourites. Yea… decided. He he. I am trying to catch up here, and I think weekends are best suited. Cheers to this wonderful poem.

Past is past. It cannot be changed, but we can surely change our attitude towards it and perceive it in a positive way for a brighter tomorrow. Bravo, Manatita. Keep them coming... you are almost hitting your 300th hub!

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Gypsy Rose Lee 12 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Most inspirational and lovely music.

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manatita44 12 months ago from london Author

Frank, I thank you. Your loving appreciation of my poems is noted and admired. Best wishes.


A different style. Read it last night. Much loved. Your keen sense of observation is noted. 300 soon, if I don't stop. Ha ha. I send you my Heart. Feel it.


so kind of you; so sweet and meaningful! Much gratitude ..much.

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aviannovice 12 months ago from Stillwater, OK

When the correct medium is found, it is easy to serve, and the rewards are limitless.

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manatita44 12 months ago from london Author

Too true. Where then is sacrifice? It is all a Oneness Love. Thank you so much Deb. Much Love.

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