Shaynani And The Beauty. Flash Fiction, A Loving Offering To Jodah

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Shaynani tossed and turned into the late hours of the night, yet could not sleep. His heart quivered and pulsated rapidly, and his body burned with desire. He had never seen a woman so beautiful, so enticing and now, lying in his bed some eight hours later, everything else paled into insignificance.

Shaynani recalled all the books he had read about the pinnacle of beauties: Helen of Troy; Queen Nefertiti; Cleopatra, the celestial nymphs and goddesses … slowly he began to comprehend elegance and charisma, such as he had never done before. Shaynani’s heart sank.

She was never going to be his, was she? Him, only a mere servant in a rich man’s house. Working class, with high school perhaps his greatest achievement, why would the boss’s youngest and most adorable daughter, take a second look at him? Indeed he was quoting disaster, he felt, simply by furtively glancing in her direction.

Filled with the allure of youth, she was all those afore-mentioned women rolled into one. Azure blue eyes; stately gait, slender to medium built and height, Ramona had a commanding appearance. She knew how to walk and dazzle, and Shayani fell victim to her charms and wiles.


Paradoxically, Shaynani was brought up in a devout household. His mother was accustomed to praying to Lord Krishna every day, and she walked in the ways of goodness and Love. As if by instinct, Shaynani knew that he should not lust so one-pointedly, but he was burning with passion and needed help rather quickly, to quell his now tormented mind.

Amidst all this chaos and waves of desire flashing across his brain, the young man, remarkably, remembered a mantra that his mother had taught him to induce sleep. It was 0300 hrs into the twilight, and Shaynani began to repeat this mantra. Somewhere between his mother’s mantra and his exhausting thoughts, he fell asleep…

That morning, Shaynani had a visitation from a most effulgent Being. Looking up, he found himself in the portals of another realm, and a luminous female, was giving him the most captivating smile. She reached out and touched him, and his body went into an acme of ecstatic states, such as he had never experienced, and could only dream of in his wildest fantasies.

He felt an unutterable Love and Joy unprecedented, sending him into a drunken stupor, and begged for it to stop. It was truly blissful! So blissful in fact, that Shaynani, being so unaccustomed to such lavish inner Love, found it all too much to embrace. He felt an astonishing happiness beyond measure, and yet, he begged inwardly, for the Celestial to stop this ambrosial Delight, or at least diminish it, so that he could assimilate the experience.


“I am only the messenger.” Said the Being as she smiled sweetly. “Where I come from, the happiness you can have is infinitely greater than I offer right now.”

Greater! Here he was flooded with something only understood in Silence, and the Celestial was telling him that there was a paragon of more to come. Shaynani began to remember his lusts; his mundane desires …as one by one they slowly faded into non-existence. The goddess smiled and slowly diminished from his dream…

When Shaynani’s mother came to his bedside that morning, she saw a most illustrious glow on his face, and the desires of the previous evening, had all dissipated from his Heart. His mother bowed in Gratitude, that the merits of her life of prayer, had taken root.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. ©Copyrighted, 22nd January, 2016.

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MsDora 9 months ago from The Caribbean

The story is beautiful, but the telling (writing) is still more beautiful--befitting an offering to another great writer. Excellent!

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manatita44 9 months ago from london Author

Thank you, Dee.

I appreciate this. One day you must pay a visit to these clims. Maybe someone could do some respite for you. A beautiful sentiment indeed! Much Love.

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always exploring 9 months ago from Southern Illinois

This is a lovely story. Seems like our mother's intervene at the most appropriate times.

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manatita44 9 months ago from london Author

Yes, they do, Ruby. Saves our Souls. (smile) Thank you so much! Peace and Light.

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AudreyHowitt 9 months ago from California

Your writing always makes me feel good! Thank you!!

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manatita44 9 months ago from london Author

Audrey, That was very kind of you. A sweet and touching sentiment. Thank you. Have a pleasant day.

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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia

Thank you for this thoughtful and well written offering to my humble self manatita. I am very appreciative. It was quite a beautiful little story. Ah mothers, they are always praying for us.

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billybuc 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

I'm with Audrey....your writing always makes me feel good, and perhaps that is your greatest talent as a writer. :) Blessings my friend, and blessings to Jodah!

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Susie Jane 9 months ago from London

Wow. Very moving indeed.

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manatita44 9 months ago from london Author

Yes, Brother Jodah, our sweet jewels, they are. That was actually my mother's name: Jewel.

So glad you like my Flash (copying Frank here). I think it's a sweet way to say it. I really like the story too. I was tempted to let him have the woman and give it a most beautiful rags to riches story, but the spiritual prevailed. Ha ha.

I totally appreciate your input and very happy that you came. Much Love.

Yes, Bill, it's a sweet and charming thing to say. I try to be engaging, but at the same time, my Heart is there ..I'm offering myself ...

If I can digress, with your kind permission. When I saw Maya Angelou in London, what struck me most, was how she was offering herself. I went to see her back stage and she was so tired, yet she agreed to see us, and we had a most fruitful conversation. I speak so much about service! Have a great weekend!

Welcome Suzie,

Appreciate you lots. So happy to see you. Thank you for this touching sentiment.

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Missy Smith 9 months ago from Florida

I agree with everyone else, Manatita. It was a very beautiful story. I see the reasons behind restraint, and it's pretty and commendable to be this way. However, I would see the beauty in him getting his desires too. Does that make me evil?? I don't think to desire has to be bad, it could be beautiful too. You told Jodah that you were tempted to give him the girl, and I think it would have been beautiful that way as well. Your way does show gallantry though. It is hard for most to restrain from their desires.

I love Rumi's poem. I like that he says to help humanity you should understand yourself. I think this is the path I am on now. There were many deep, deep thoughts in his words, and all very beautiful!

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manatita44 9 months ago from london Author

All very sweet and informative, Missy. Someone once told me, that Rumi has never had a word out of place. I agree, all 60,000 or so poems he wrote.

About the Flash, yes, I could easily have given it the other ending. Would have been beautiful too.

Here's a way of understanding my thoughts: I see only One; only Beauty; only Light or Love. There is nothing outside of this. All is within Spirit (Consciousness/Absolute). Naturally all within this has a purpose, or it wouldn't exist.

Desire is one of the most necessary tools of human existence. Without it we will stagnate, like a cesspool or standing stream, corroded with mosquitoes and diseases. We are all where we are, and without the dictates of the inner voice, it may be harmful to be otherwise/something else.

I do not wear nappies; nor drink from my mothers bosom, but I would be foolish not to recognize its value. Once we see Creator as a single Entity, then everything is in place; all have their usefulness, and this Universe becomes friendly. I guess that's why the adversary is so important, as without it we cannot grow.

Much Love, my Dear Friend. No one is watching you. Be like the Concerto of Mozart of Bach. Just flow, like a vibrant stream, accepting the sticks and branches that may appear from time to time.

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Missy Smith 9 months ago from Florida

And so I shall, Manatita. And so I shall...:).

Once again, you explain things beautifully and very clear.

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Surabhi Kaura 9 months ago from Toronto, Canada


First off, I want to thank you for your wonderful and prudent feedback to Missy. Very wise and informative. It’s commendable.

Secondly, I just loved this fiction. Just one little thought here – why did this fiction end so early? He he. It’s that good. You have weaved spirituality to this masterpiece so eloquently and gracefully, that I felt like re-reading it. I would say what a justice to this dedication for dedicating it to a great writer on Hubpages – Jodah writes beautiful and engaging flash fictions. By the way, great video. I see Rumi is your favourite :)

It’s almost like this – sometimes, I feel the presence of spirituality in my dreams with a message at the end. Not like the fiction above, but more like a Royal blue sky cushioned with cotton-white clouds and a flute playing at the back. I don’t know the rest… but it’s a nice experience. Maybe I can create a fiction with that scene and setting.

Lastly, I truly feel that you are blessed with creativeness from the Supreme, which directs you to weave words in the most eloquent way. Let its luminous rays touch millions of people. Good luck with your books! Om Shanti.

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aviannovice 9 months ago from Stillwater, OK

I enjoy how you tell a tale, it flows so well and is easy to read.

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manatita44 9 months ago from london Author

Thank you so much, Deb. I appreciate this. Yes, I like doing Fiction, and I'm a story-teller anyway. Hope the weather is not too cold, and your day is good. In Joy and Light.

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manatita44 9 months ago from london Author

To Surabhi:

Hi My Beloved. I don't seem to have commented on a couple. What you say is rich in its beauty and solid in its Love. I write fictions sometimes. As you know, I'm also a prose writer, and most say that I do both very well.

I like your dream. Anything that can or will keep the thoughts sublime; elevated; inspired ... is to be applauded and commended. So happy that you like my Flash! Yes, feel free to write one. Do your Father's first. Hari Om!

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Frank Atanacio 9 months ago from Shelton

extremely fascinating my friend.. it had the making of something gripping.. and the dedication to Jodah just tacked on class.. awesome

Manatita44 9 months ago

Ah, Frank. So sweet of you! I really appreciate this. At Poetry Cafe. Have a great day!

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bravewarrior 9 months ago from Central Florida

So, Shaynani's mother saw the lust in his heart and prayed for him. Her prayer came to light via a dream - something he would understand more than admonition. Very cool. I wish I could learn to do that with my son!

I love that you paid tribute to one of my favorite hubbers, John aka Jodah via flash fiction. You're both best known for your poetry, but step outside your preferred genre and tickle the ivories across the creative writing spectrum.

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manatita44 9 months ago from london Author

Thanks Shauna. Interesting one with your son. (smile) Desire is very necessary and will help us to grow. See my response to Missy here. One does not jump from A to K, it is a slow process.

I am a creative writer, and I started here six years ago writing prose. I actually have about six or more Flash Fiction here; some short stories and spiritual prose, that is to say inspirational messages are cloaked or woven in them.

I have written three books and will return to writing very soon. I was doing short stories and fiction from about ten, perhaps, and was reading and writing at four. I help friends all the time.

Thank you so much, my Dear. Have a great evening, and at 0113hrs here, I must go to bed. Much Love.

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MarleneB 8 months ago from Northern California, USA

You have amazing talent in writing. I think this is the first flash fiction that I have read of yours. It is beautiful. I truly enjoyed it.

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manatita44 8 months ago from london Author

Thanks Marlene. This is a beautiful sentiment! I have a few Flash Fiction and short stories here, all equally beautiful. I am a creative writer whom, I am told, does both prose and poems with excellence and brilliance. Look for The Disobedient Daughter. It is a little different but awesome too.

Hope that you're doing good, and some more Light is being shed on your path.

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annart 8 months ago from SW England

Lovely tribute to Jodah whose writing I enjoy tremendously.

Beautiful story.


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manatita44 8 months ago from london Author

Thanks Ann. Was actually thinking about you. Hope all is good and that you're doing fine. My appreciations for your kind input. Much Love.

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annart 8 months ago from SW England

Yes, fine thanks, but really busy with 'real life' so have not been so active lately. Trying to catch up yet again!


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manatita44 8 months ago from london Author

Ha ha... chuckle ... 'real life' I like that! Is that Ibiza or Tenerife? (smile) Sorry, Ann. Just teasing. Life does throw out some interesting challenges, and not all bad, I know. Good to see you back. Higher blessings.

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AliciaC 8 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a lovely story about the kindness of a mother and her desire to protect her offspring. Mothers can be a great treasure!

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manatita44 8 months ago from london Author

Indeed, my Dear. Thanks for coming. Since you're so good at this, then I truly appreciate your input here ... even more. Thank you for these kind words. Much Love.

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annart 8 months ago from SW England

No, real life at the moment involves buying a house - stress! I try not to succumb though.


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manatita44 8 months ago from london Author

Hang on in there! Tough, difficult and stressful one yes. Somehow I thought that you were settled with husband, house, and family. Best wishes.

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annart 8 months ago from SW England

We were but things change!

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manatita44 8 months ago from london Author

Yes. Appreciate ... identify ... lots of Love, Ann.

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