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An Analysis of Manatita’s Poem, When I Depart From This World. to My Bhai Ji Vankatachari M. Monday's Inspiration, 28

Updated on October 29, 2020
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Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

Manatita writes this poem as a benediction; an expression of a greater glory to God, the Absolute Supreme. In ‘When I Depart From This World’, we see a peerless faith; an unwavering intensity of the breath of words. We feel this as coming straight from Manatita’s Heart, when he says that we will not find him in tears, but rather in the mansion or dwelling place of God. The place where minstrels chant: “Alleluia! All glory to our King!”


Manatita’s poem, like so many of them, is full of images and longing. Here is a lofty piece below:

“For I must lie on the wings of your beauty.

Like cockatiels, nightingales and canaries,

All whistling their smooth symphonies;

Emanating their sacred flames,

In the mysteries of thy longing.”

He speaks of the running brooks, the breath of spring, flares and fire-crackers; the adornment of plains and valleys … all images of the beauty of Love in nature. The poet seems to be at peace with the inner life, as he is with the outer life and as such passing is like being:

Bedecked, in the joys and fragrance,

Of the breath of spring.”

Death holds no meaning here, for he is an eternal Spirit, a soul or essence which he so vividly describes by borrowing so much from our natural environment: ‘Twinkling stars’, ‘autumnal leaves’, ‘setting sun’, running brooks…


A natural lover of nature and God in nature, he remembers the merry hills of Dilsberg and the beauty of his memories there. Yet all credit is given to the Divine, for it is God, the Omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient, that he sees as pervading all these things. Where ever he looks, it is God’s Light that he sees.

Where then is the need for fear? Indeed this reflects very much, another of his many poems on ‘passing’, where he seems to be calling upon death: “Come, Sweet Death!” He calls.

The poem, although a little long, (41 lines) is a masterful song which speaks of peace and charm; beauty and solace. It asks us not to be afraid for the life to come, simply because God pervades everything and God is Love. A loving mother/father will not consciously hurt us and God’s Love is infinitely more beautiful. We only need to look around us for inspiration: The song of the lark’, ‘the soaring of the eagle’, ‘the moon’s glimmering Light…


When I Depart From This World

When I depart from this world,

You will not find me where tears run, like a river,

Or mourning becomes as solemn as jilted love.

Rather would I be in the alcove of thy inner mansion,

Bedecked in the joys and fragrance,

Of the breath of spring.

I’ll be your bonfire,

Alight in the flares and fire-crackers; a torch-bearer,

Carrying the hallowed flames of your inner citadel;

To dine at the supernal banquet of Her Majesty.

I am a wayfarer, and will continue to enchant you,

Weaving the sweet words of the Beloved,

Through the firmament of another realm;

Re-awakening the charming melody of your Heart.

Come! My darling delicate one,

For I must lie on the wings of your beauty.

Like cockatiels, nightingales and canaries,

All whistling their smooth symphonies;

Emanating their sacred flames,

In the mysteries of thy longing.

My friends will remember me.

For the songs of the lark; the twinkling stars;

The autumnal leaves dancing on the merry hills,

Above the Choo Choo trains in Dillsberg,

Will all chant my glories,

In the magnificence of the setting sun.

You will find me in the running brooks;

In the moon’s glimmering light on the horizon.

We will hold hands in your dreams,

And soar with the eagle to an ineffable Delight.

So come! Let us build a tabernacle to our Queen.

For the weaving of Her yarns of purple satin,

Adorns the plains and valleys;

Covering the zenith of the Himalayas and beyond,

Spreading the wafts of crimson roses,

A remedial energy to the Soul.

Conches will blow and trumpets sound,

While minstrels chant: “Alleluia! All glory to our King!”

Thus will your spirit be full, like the ocean,

Filled with the aroma of one thousand candles,

Lighting up the greatness of the Soul.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier.16th August, 2016.

~ Awakening The Inner Light~


In lines three and four, Manatita says there will be no tears, which he compares with a running river; or mourning, which he likens to a jilted lover. In fact, it will be the opposite. There will be tremendous joy at the ‘inner Citadel (Temple of God), with flames of joy, jubilation and Light, at this ‘supernal banquet’ of the Supreme.

His use of nature to remind us of the magnificence and grandeur of the Divine, is Superb! The poem ends on a beautiful note of exultation and glory, with the last two lines deliberately used to convey the unspoken greatness; the effulgence of the mystery of Love.

Finally, it is worth mentioning that this poem is written for one called Gina and since Manatita never wastes a line, then one can only assume that out his loving attention, sprung a most definite reason for this poem. I trust you find it useful.


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