Pujaloy (The Abode of Worship) To Tillsontitan by Manatita

A Dedication to my Friend Mary (Tillsontitan), for her innate spirituality and loving support.


Above the hills of the river Neckar,

This Heart-Temple glows with resplendent Light.

The silent morn awakes,

To a stillness enrichened by chirping birds.

Across the river, greenish buoys are visible,

Made so by the reflective light,

Bouncing of its surface from nearby homes.

Hardly a ripple is seen as the water seemingly stands still;

Exuding presence in response to the cosmic call.

From where I stand, I feel the rhythm of harmony,

And I’m filled with Delight.

All seems sacred at this hour!

Zephyrs enchant my Spirit;

I am stunned by the joyful thrill of my inner Citadel,

And shed tears in the sacred alcove of my Soul.

Waves of bliss engulf me, as a deeper Energy,

Takes hold of my indrawn breath.

As such, an Inner Pilot now governs my very core.


Not so long ago,

I was sitting inside the Sanctum of the Temple.

The translucent flames that stabbed at my Spirit then,

Evoked seeds of contemplation,

Furnaces of fiery Love within the Soul.

Now, from without the marbled walls

Of this sacred Sanctuary.

I stumble drunkenly in stupor,

Reel as if intoxicated by the wine of Heaven.

Sweet Lover, You that beckon me from the Great Unknown,

Cascade, like roses, this blissful Light.

Let it float and dance into the vastness,

As radiant as the Sun!

Emanating a sweet and lustrous glow,

Into the heart of all Your lovers,

To grant us Peace.

-Manatita. (Bard of Solace) 8th November, 2014. © Copyrighted.

~ Awakening The Light Within ~

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tobusiness 22 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Beautiful words woven into a magnificent tapestry. Loved it!

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manatita44 22 months ago from london Author

Sincere gratitude. You're very quick.

Much love.

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Dana Tate 22 months ago from LOS ANGELES

Beautiful poem, I love the words you chose they flowed as smooth as a flowing brook. Thank you for sharing this masterpiece. Voted up! shared! awesome!

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manatita44 22 months ago from london Author

Thank You, Dana.

So good of you to appreciate my work! My sincere gratitude for your input here. Much peace.

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SAQIB6608 22 months ago from HYDERABAD PAKISTAN

Great words, harmonious and peaceful.

God is great indeed.

Salaams and Regards

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manatita44 22 months ago from london Author

Yes, my Bro, Saqib You feel it, I think.

This is the state in which I yearn to be, free from the trappings of the Ego, and alive to the serenity of The Supreme. Alaikum Assalaam!

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always exploring 22 months ago from Southern Illinois

I have never been inside a temple, your beautiful words took me there.....

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manatita44 22 months ago from london Author

Thank You. Cathedrals of old used to have this feeling. Modern ones, including St. Paul's and Westminster Abbey in London, are extremely beautiful, but tourist are really visitors, and generally interested in scenery and history.

I came from a purely devotional place. It's only used for prayer and meditations, and even the outside feels peaceful. Thank you so much, my Sweet and wonderful Friend, Ruby.

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Eiddwen 22 months ago from Wales

Brilliant work here and voted up.


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manatita44 22 months ago from london Author

Thank you so much, Eddy. Hope that you are well. Gratitude. In Love and Light.

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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean

This one belongs among the most touching you have written. Beautiful!

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manatita44 22 months ago from london Author

Thank You, my Sweet.

So good of you to say this. Missing the caribbean sunshine. Kind of cold here now. Taking my D's. Also, I would probably start slowing down here. Too many e-mails and it's also about time that I brought out a book of poetry. This will take time to put together.

I am thinking of headings or themes like 'Hope, Love, Despair, Fortitude, Sonnets, Haiku's ...... I have done them all. Also, do you like the name 'Blossoms of The Heart; Wings of Infinity or Raindrops From Heaven? Share your thoughts.

How's your mom? Love always.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 22 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Beautiful poetic words that wove a magical tapestry.

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manatita44 22 months ago from london Author

Thank you so much my sweet Gypsy, for such a loving sentiment. Much Peace.

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vkwok 22 months ago from Hawaii

Another splendid work, Manatita!

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manatita44 22 months ago from london Author

Gracias, my amigo. Dios le bendiga y Acompane. God bless and accompany you. Siempre! Always!

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jhamann 22 months ago from Reno NV

Your words give me great peace. These gifts you provide could only be provided by your pen. Your friend. Jamie

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manatita44 22 months ago from london Author

Thanks bro.

I recited Poesia Cantata 2, this very night. A friend told me that my poetry was very 'deep.' He suggested that I give out printed copies before I start. He said that it took a while to absorb the words. What are your thoughts?

Thanks for your continued support, my buddy. Much peace.

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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York

Inner peace and spirituality exude from this poem. I am so very honored that my name is attached to such a wonderful work of art. You are a master of the spiritual word Manatita and you lead us to reflection.

The answer to your question do I like it? Very much. Peaceful and beautiful. Om Shanti.

Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.

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manatita44 22 months ago from london Author

Done especially for you, this One. The more I read the more I feel that I've transcended myself.

Much gratitude for your sweet, soulful, loving and sincere contribution. In Love and Light.

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aviannovice 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

And the closer we get, peace and solitude whisper to us.

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manatita44 21 months ago from london Author

Most assuredly, my sweet friend Deb. Higher blessings.

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Nellieanna 112 minutes ago from TEXAS

This is lovely, Manatita. I’d loved to have seen more of the interior of and the view from Pujaloy. But I loved what was shown and the music was most pleasant. Thank you.

Your question about what it’s like to be in Silent Reflecton in a Sacred Building intrigues me, bringing me back to an experience in such a place. First, I must mention that much of my life has been spent relatively in silence, not due to a building set aside for it but in a state-of-being and circumstances for it, so I feel the reflectiveness of being in that state almost naturally, though I never feel cut off by either solitude or silence and am comfortable among others.

Then in the early 1970s, I had friends who were master potters. They’d been commissioned to make holy vessels for the Trappist monastery of the Abbey of Gethsemane in Kentucky, near Bardstown. They had made many such vessels for it over the years. I was living in Louisville and was invited to go with them when they delivered the current vessels.

This was the monastery where Thomas Merton lived about half of his life, first as a novice monk starting in 1941 after living a secular life till then. He was born in 1915 in France and died in Thailand in 1968 on a rare venture outside the Abbey where he’d lived about half of his life in the Abbey.

He’d been ordained to the priesthood as Father Louis in 1949. Over the years he’d become a major writer and poet, as well as a social activist and student of comparative religion and he was a strong proponent of interfaith understanding. He wrote more than 70 books during his life.

His life itself is amazing. I’d read some of his work. In fact, I have a small book of his in my hand, “Thoughts In Solitude”. He says that internal solitude is necessary in bringing every life to joyous fruition. He contrasts a non-communicative silence as being dead compared to a silence which communicates with others and with God non-verbally as being alive and vital.

So I could feel his influence in the place, though all the monks there were working silently out in the fields, growing their food, and inside living their faith in its vital and powerful impressiveness (to me).

So - Gethsemane was and is the one silent monastery, entirely self—sufficient, which I’ve experienced. Though I’m not Catholic, the spirit and beauty of the silent place was simply visceral. I was awed and it left a lasting impression on me.

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