The Dawn of Love Beckons: DedicationTo Nellieanna, A Sacred Lady, By Manatita

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The golden dawn of Love beckons,

As I push through the mist to find my way.

resigned to chasing shadows,

I am bound or fettered in my Soul.

O slumbering child, crying inside this forlorn heart,

Free me from my quagmire of desires;

This dance of ego.

The river of Light beckons me, and

Its glow of rhododendrons ‘cross yon distant fields,

Fills me with Your radiance;

I yearn for the vibrancy of sunflowers,

To poise with majesty

From Love’s rhapsody of the Soul.



In search of peace,

My breath points to the scent of daffodils;

The ecstatic feel of the mother’s hand on a fertile womb,

Blossoming with the joys of heaven.

Day and night Your beauty augments,

Like a twinkling star, to the pinnacle of perfection, and yet,

I behold a new delight, with each morning’s sunrise.

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How can I redress my Ignorance?

I wish to nourish You, my Beloved.

To gaze into those gleaming eyes of infinity;

To feed You, while You sway cradled

In my spirit's core.


Come, my Darling,

Let me drink freely of Your enchantments;

Where ever Your sojourn, let me follow.

All my life, I have been found wanting,

Until You flooded my existence-breath,

And I re-discovered my appetite for zest.


Beloved, here in this ephemeral haven,

I offer my salutations.

Reach out and take those hands

Folded in supplication,

While I call out Your name.

Let me be lost in stupor, with Your divine Essence

Cascading ‘sweetness’within my Soul,

And all becomes Ananda. (Delight).

-Manatita 21st April, 2014. Copyrighted.

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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is so beautiful, spring, flowers and love magnificent!


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well that is one beautiful declaration of love. Exquisite!


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Love You Ruby.

You're both a conduit and an open window to the exquisite words of the Spirit! Much Joy!

Bill: Yes Bill. To the One of which Nellieanna's words are a superb expression. Loving Hugs to Bev. (don't panic) smile.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Another expression of the love most only dream of. Beautiful!


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

In your profile, it reads: “Manatita has written lots of poems highlighting the inner and spiritual qualities of his friends, and also completed some works on nature and spiritual experiences in a gentle non-sensational sublime form.” Yes, you do.

I am deeply and truly honored and humbled that you chose me about whom to write with such sublime words, my friend. Your extraordinary spirit bursts with amazingly great perception and caring, which pleased my heart.

Sacredness is within each person if it is realized and made welcome. As you said to Bill, your declaration is to the source of all love, of which my poetry merely sometimes achieves expression.

On my visit to England in April and May of 1998, the rhododendrons were abloom. A memorable experience, and such is your tribute! Thank you.

May I suggest one of my hubs: http://hubpages.com/literature/Lady-Aglow


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

First, I have been meaning to ask about your artwork. I visited the sight as suggested and straight away remembered wanting to ask. They are so inspirational!! I took note of my past dedication as well. Truly creative and quite lofty!

I have sent your comments to two of my male friends from my Meditation Centre. They appreciate poetry. Your prose is quite touching! Gratitude to you for re-visiting my profile. Perhaps I should, too. (smile)

The flowers are quite beautiful, and with such lovely comments from you and others, I am so glad I chose them and given them the top spot that they deserve. I am not generally great with presentations, from a web point of view. Still, I do have an eye for beauty.

"my poetry 'merely sometimes' achieves expression."

I did not say that. (smile). This is my childlike and teasing spirit, here. More seriously, I see where you are coming from and I applaud this highly.

Almost made it to Texas. I had only 3 days and my loving sister felt that she needed me longer. So August it is! Still, I had a great pilgrimage in NY.

Joy to you and all those here who have helped and are continuing to serve in making this Hub reachable to more hubbers. Much gratitude.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

This is beautiful--and a wonderful tribute to love and to Nellieanna!


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

A beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady.

Well done.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

tobusiness: Thank you so much, my Friend.

Audrey: So happy that you like this poem and Nellieanna too. Much gratitude.


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vkwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

Bravo to this lovely poetry, Manatita!


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Thank you so much, my good Friend. Enjoy this festive season. Continue to strive! Be strong!


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

I thank those who have commented so kindly on Manatita's kindness to me! It is his own good spirit deserving the praise!


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

Manatita, how generous of you to share my poetry and comments with some of your own friends. I’m honored.

As for my artwork, it is is a combination of my own watercolors & sketcjes, photography, digital art and adaptation of others’ art and photography, with my sense of 'fitingness'.

My collection of my own watercolors and sketches has so many fewer than that of my poetry and writings, though, and I seemed to have used most of them up in my earlier hubpages. I've dabbled in art all my life. My mother was an excellent artist and I followed her around as she painted from real-life scenery.

My easel remains set up but I’ve been so absorbed in other pursuits, I’ve not used it much for awhile. My artistic photography is more limited than my writing, as well. But those elements are less important. After all, I’m here to write, but I also regard the presentations themselves as a kind of special art and prefer they be pleasant to several of the senses. In fact, each hub’s inspiration invariably comes as a sort of coordinated concept, ‘seeing’ the words, visuals and sounds as pregnant contributions to a whole which is to be born. I create the digital graphics, such as little dividers & ‘conductors’, with PhotoShop Elements, often simply as the need arises, and can easily therefore coordinate them in whatever the theme of the hub is at the concept level.

So it usually comes together as a kind of unit. I think my most natural ‘artistry’, if it can be called that, may just be coordinating & blending the elements. I really don’t concentrate on it much - [and do not strive!] - but it just sort of takes form and ’gels’, translating to the capsules. I have a large website which I made ‘from scratch’, beginning in 1998. I love the creative independence it offers which was fulfilling. I’ve never promoted it publicly much, and by its nature, it lacks the kind of lovely feedback and interaction which HP brings, so the artistic freedom trade-off is quite equitable.

I don’t recommend my approach because it’s not any kind of a deliberate formula, but almost totally personal. But I can recommend self-editing. Quality rates highly with me. Once a hub has been launched and is moving toward completion, I am extremely attentive to detail and edit fiercely before it’s ‘ready’. Yet even that is somewhat inspired & spontaneous rather than dutiful. Its hallmark is in not being rushed to get on with it. I just allow the ‘spots’ needing attention to present themselves to my awareness, then spare nothing in attending to them and simply know when it’s ‘enough’. One has a to let go! So, I guess, it is part of my artistry or artwork.

I know this is not much of an explanation as ‘how-to’ explanations usually go, but it is the pattern of my life in most everything I do, from art, writing, music, sewing and designing, accessorizing, cooking, and even cleaning house. I’m certainly ‘better’ at some things than others, but if I am doing it, this is pretty much that pattern from concept to done. It’s one of the delights of my life, actually.

It took me years to really trust my own ‘non-methods’ while I was still earnestly trying to apply ‘rules’ which may serve others, but have never served me a fraction as well as my own odd-ball patterns. So now I just enjoy it and go about doing it. I figure 82 years have earned me that privilege, plus I’m quite happy with the results, however great or slight they may be, knowing fully that they are authentic. It’s sort of a sacred trust, to be and fulfill who one is, rather than any other ‘model’.

I’ve truly never written poetry for approval. In fact, it’s only been since on HP (now a bit more than 4 years) that much of the thousands I’ve written over the years have ever been shared with anyone. So I’m quite pleased that you see where I am coming from and applaud it highly! It is gratifying to be perceived and accepted ‘as is’. Much more rewarding than just ‘approval’, whatever that is.

Thank you.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

A lot here. You really should have met my Teacher. Again, sometimes the Universe simply wants you where you are at any given moment. In Sri Chinmoy's philosophy, there is no such thing as age or old age, however one wants to call it.

You large output reflects this. You were obviously also blessed with extra talents and are using this well. Others will benefit.

We travel this sojourn in different ways but like alternative and allopathic medicine, we compliment each other.

As to praises, you and I try and perhaps we are still both human. I know only too well that traces of the ego remains, but at the same time, I am fully conscious of being an instrument in His hand. I believe you know this also. Let us pray for one another.

Note: I thank you for your thoughtful and lucid explanations of your art.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

You are deep and fine-tuned! It is so good to know you. Yes, It would have been interesting to meet your teacher.

I agree that age is insignificant in the large picture. Perhaps it's part of a circular continuum, having no actual beginning or end, though the human experiences over the duration of a human life provide variables, stimuli and differences which train and refine a person. You are right that the years don't define one or provide one with excuses. It’s a case of, if one is alive, one always is on the path and there will be more to be encountered if life continues, which will be challenging and will require one to be responsive to it as well as one can be. Being alive and aware are the amazing things of this life.

Perhaps fretting about ego is ego operating at its worst! I'm very much into truth and somehow it just isn't realistic to be too proud of oneself. If one does well, it's honest to acknowledge it as true, but whole truth always includes one's numerous other instances of negligible or failing showings, too. General humility is the attitude which fits better and more honestly than general pride and it keeps one within the realm of truth and honesty and out of ego's traps.

Anyway - I know I'm still quite human, which I think has value in the great plan. Being a fairly good human has a value. Yes, we each travel the path in different ways from one another, and, at times, our own path differs from what it may be at other times, . . . all vital parts of our sojourn and growth.

Perhaps talent is simply another name for personal responsibility. If one would compare one's talents to others', they may well be negligible, but whatever one is equipped with must be used as well and with as much spirit as one can; so comparison is quite unimportant. It's a little like ego: focusing on it is a deterrent, at best. It comes down to being as good an instrument in His hand as one can be. It’s a privilege and a responsibility. “From whom much is given, much shall be required, “ - from Luke 12.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

I so agree with Luke. The life of a disciple is a great privilege and a great responsibility.

"Perhaps fretting about ego is ego operating at its worst!" Cool.

I try to cultivate the spirit of acceptance. The potter first accepts the clay in its natural state, then moulds it into a beautiful vase!

Meditation is a healthy and sweet burden. I say this because the Light of the Spirit will permeate - like a Voice within - bringing with it all that is necessary for transformation. It's sometimes painful, yes, but not so much a matter of fretting as one of awareness or mindfulness, to take note and be AWAKE. Blessings my sweet sister-soul.


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

This is a beautifully dedicated hub!

Nice expressions with beautiful pictures. Thanks to you and hats off to the lady! She deserves it.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Profound gratitude, Chitrangada.

You really do wholesome and excellent Hubs yourself. OM Shanti!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

A wonderful tribute to a beautiful and deserving lady.


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

Nellieanna - her poetry, art and comments - inspires the artist in our soul to grow and excel. Beautiful poem, manatita, revealing a loving soul :)


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Trust that you are well, Martie. Lots of love and gratitude. Blessings ...

Gypsy, thank you so much. Have a great day!! Loving thoughts.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

Manatita, yes - AWAKE! A lovely word to add to my favorite sequence, which is "be alive, aware and alert" - and of course being awake is a crucial step!

Hugs, my Cyber Daughter, Martie!


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

Such gracious comments. Thank you! I know and love Rasma from quite some time and am pleased now to make your acquaintance, Chitrangada Sharan. I just peeked at your hub site and see many interesting articles I'll want to read!


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

Manatita, I should have mentioned that some of my dearest friends were potters. I have great love and admiration for the work of the potter, both with clay and figuratively, with the molding of the human soul. (Also, I wonder how one can help but meditate? It's nearly a constant state.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Well, my Sweet Sister-Soul, Nelieanna,

The sky is blue, the grass is green.

I, 2, 3 ... order is necessary. We cannot move faster than Grace.

Nisagadatta told his disciple that words are not necessary. Only Silence. "Why then do you teach?" said the clever disciple.

"Only to take you to the point where you realise that words are not necessary." Replied the Master.

I can speak of the NOW. But right now I do not embody this consciously...

It is all the Mother's play. I believe you understand. Much peace.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

yes - peace to you.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Lovely words for a lovely lady indeed! Superb poetry here. I truly love Nellieanna and her poetry is stellar.

Blessings and peace


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Glad you approve and thanks again for all your kind sentiments, Faith. A stellar lady indeed!


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Beauty resounds within the depths of one's soul. Then it breaks free with the spirit carrying it all forthwith...


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Deep, my sweet Avian.

Thanks for your wonderful contribution. Have a great day!!


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina

Simply beautiful as is the lady you dedicated it to, the lovely Nellieanna.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Glad you like this poem Bro. The lady is rather special, also, yes. Glad you approve. Much thanks.

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