Things My Mother Taught me. To my Friend Dora Isaac Weithers (Ms Dora)

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To my Dear Friend Dora Isaac Weithers, who is also a truly loving mom and grand-mom


My mother taught me the virtues, of both Light and darkness.

She encouraged my strengths and nurtured me in my weaknesses;

My mother taught me, never to do the things that made me weak;

To live in the Heart-garden and not in the mind’s chasm.

She would demonstrate how to be impartial;

To move away from the unwholesome and to promote Peace.


My mother sent me to school, ever-remembering that

Wisdom is greater than education and knowledge;

That experience is superior, to an array of sacred books.

My mother taught me, through the analogy of the orange,

That all are interconnected—

That the rind, skin, peel, the outer covering,

Flesh, seeds and even the juice,

All have a part to play in this cosmic dance.

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My mother knew that scriptures would inspire me,

But warned me not to be so attached that I became blind,

To the sweet simplicity of ‘being.’

The tree bends when laden, offering its fruits to Mother Earth;

The life-giving energy of the sun peeps forth,

Sustaining and replenishing, yet another golden sunrise.

So too, the life-nourishing Love and fortitude of my mum is timeless;

On a par with these two great sacrifices, of humility and surrender.

My mother knew, that the Light in adversity would help me to grow;

That service and kindness would help me to sow,

The seeds of good deeds, nobility and more.


O mother divine, who can equal your forgiveness?

With your sheltering Compassion you took away the whip,

While cradling me through life to sleep,

Bearing patiently the sorrows of ingratitude.


-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. Copyrighted, 6th August, 2016.

~ Awakening The Inner Light ~

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Ericdierker 7 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

(for my mother's name) always do what is right.

I just dearly love Dora. Thank you for reminding me of her goodness.

In reading this lovely piece my head swirled a bit. I had a great mom. I had a great second mom. I have a great mom in law. And I have this wonderful mom of my child so young. Thank you God for speaking with me through my friend Manatita.


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Venkatachari M 7 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

So nice of you, Manatita, to remind the love and greatness of our mother. I love my mother who is in heaven and the Eternal Mother of all of us as well as all mothers on this earth. Dora is a great woman.

Thank you and blessings.


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manatita44 7 weeks ago from london Author

Yes...yes, Eric. You seem blessed. How wonderful! Much Gratitude.

Venkatachari M,

Thank you, Bro. Appreciations...much.


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Surabhi Kaura 7 weeks ago from Toronto, Canada

Dear One. I loved your Mother’s teachings. What a great upbringing! I am sure she must be proud of you. She was a great woman, truly. A loving tribute to Mother from a loving Son :)

Yes, yes, mothers are truly our first teachers. I have had this privilege from my Grandmother also (from my Dad's side). She taught me much about life in my adolescent years... much. I really admire the analogy of an Orange by your Mumma. Very wise! God bless her Divine Soul. I wish both of you a heartiest Namaste. Have a nice weekend, Acharaya ji.


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manatita44 7 weeks ago from london Author

Thank you, my Sweet. Higher blessings and may the Seers protect and guide you always. -Manatita


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MsDora 7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

Manatita, you captured well the common-sense balance in the principles our mothers taught us--and truly timeless. Good poem throughout, and your last three lines are classic. Thanks for the dedication. I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.


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manatita44 7 weeks ago from london Author

Yes Dee,

I like those lines too. Thank you so much! Glad you appreciate this inspired dedication. Much love.- Manatita.


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MizBejabbers 7 weeks ago from Arkansas

Such a great expression of a mother in poetry. I, too, love the last three lines, and they make me wish I'd been a more attentive mother as I watch my youngest son wither away from an autoimmune condition that will eventually take his life.


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manatita44 7 weeks ago from london Author

Thanks for sharing Miz.

As you know, I see people in hospital every day. Through God's Grace; I strive to serve, to solicit a smile within. Your experience is perchance a difficult but worthy and noble one.

I will not try to take away how you feel, as this is very valid. Rather, I'd say that when ever you feel strong enough, look for what you may already know...the validity of sharing...of experience...of growth...wisdom...the hidden compassion in all things.

Yet I join you in your solace and joys; your trial and sorrows...in the ups and downs of life. My Heart goes out to you, even while remembering that whatever happens in Divine Providence is always for the best, because there is no alternative. So glad you visited and identified with my poem. Lots of Love.


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rdsparrowriter 7 weeks ago

Wow ! It's beautiful written about a beautiful woman :) A loving mother :) Wonderful dedication :) Bless you!!


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Frank Atanacio 7 weeks ago from Shelton

Love the dedication to a wonderful virtual friend.. bless you both bro..:)


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manatita44 7 weeks ago from london Author

Yes, indeed. Thank you, my Brother.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 7 weeks ago from Riga, Latvia

This was a wonderful tribute to a lovely woman with a heart of gold.


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manatita44 7 weeks ago from london Author

Thank you so much, Gypsy. I agree. God bless you.


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Gina Welds-Hulse 6 weeks ago from Rockledge, Florida

Such a beautifully written tribute, Manatita! Thank you for sharing, and for directing me here! Hugs.


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manatita44 6 weeks ago from london Author

...and thank you for coming, my Friend. Appreciated ...much. God bless your Heart and enobling life.


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bravewarrior 6 weeks ago from Central Florida

Manatita, this poem really speaks of who Dora is and what's important to her.

Our mother are our first teachers and the foundation upon which who we grow to be is built.

Beautiful tribute!


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manatita44 6 weeks ago from london Author

Hi and hello Sweet One. Was thinking of you today. Here in New York in an inspirational spiritual setting. Much Love.


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Gina Welds-Hulse 6 weeks ago from Rockledge, Florida

Hi Manatita. I hope the New York weather is being kind to you.


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manatita44 6 weeks ago from london Author

Very hot Gina, Today we had a seven-hr meditation, and we do this sitting for a long time. It was tough towards the end. Much Love.


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aviannovice 5 weeks ago from Stillwater, OK

Mother to me means a guiding g force to teach me right from wrong and to help others wherever I can. I will also know how to replenish myself to continue in my quest for righteousness.

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