An Esoteric Analysis of Manatita’s Poem “I Am so Glad, My Love” - Part 2
Poetry is like a ship, you can use it for a pleasant boat ride, but you can also live with it a life adventure.— Sean Dragon
Here we are! I guess you are ready to continue our wonderful spiritual journey through Manatita's poem "I Am So Glad, My Love." In the first part (link to the part 1) we entered into this study with the analysis of the first three verses. We saw that if we let Love fill our lives, then we live in the Light, and that surrounds us from everywhere! So there can no longer be shadows. They will feel the sweet affection of the gaze of Love! And in this affection, they will also become Light! Because Love does not punish, does not destroy, Love can only heal!
Let us follow the poet to his magic path:
“I am so glad, my Love, so glad
That You sweeten the pangs of my adversity.
I’m so glad, my Love, so glad
That one tender kiss from You,
Can cover a million sorrows.”
Love that responds to the call of Its Divine partner embraces and erases all our shadows and the adversities they create. It turns them into sweet Knowledge, the knowledge that these difficulties, even though they have brought us pain, they have made us wiser, and now we can see the truth.
Love makes us understand that the source of our difficulties is not and was never far from us, nor outside us. It was our attitude, our own belief that we have to live away from Love because we do not deserve to live with it. Because they had taught us that lie, they had convinced us that we were not worthy. Now Love comes, and with its tender kiss, it erases this illusion that is the source of our adversity.
Love becomes a caring mother who with one of her kisses makes us see again how important and unique we are to Him! It makes us forget all the pain and sweeps all the sorrows that these shadows have brought into our lives. Love becomes a companion which, in Its sweet kiss, we feel all the happiness, because we now know that He and We are One, that we are in the Source of every Good so we cannot miss anything.
Eloquent in Speech
“I’m so glad, my Love, so glad
That while I was so eloquent in speech,
There was a lot to be desired in harmony;
You carved and molded me well.”
We are growing up with the illusion that we are separate from God and others. We learn from our younger years that we must continuously strive for survival in a hostile world where the stronger survives. So we learn egoism and consider Love as a weakness. We are trying to improve our powers, not to offer to the world, but to dominate, thinking that in this way we will find happiness and harmony.
As our selfishness grows, we think we are better than others; we believe that our virtues are those that people need and that they should recognize this and thank us for them. So while we think that this will bring us harmony, we feel more and more alone and isolated from life. This is what the "eloquent in speech" mentioned in these verses, states.
It states the illusion that we have the power to create the world in which we will find harmony. The Word is the symbol of the ability of creation, in the Scriptures (In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. – John 1:1). But we always miss something, something does not match, and when we think we are reaching harmony, there is always something we want.“...There was a lot to be desired in harmony;”
Then Love comes to show us that we are an irreplaceable part of the Whole because we need to complete others as others complete us because we are all part of this beautiful puzzle called Love. It comes to show us our correct shape and how it fits nicely into the Whole; that we are in fact part of a great miracle. We understand that we exist to complete His Plan, and then we find harmony!“…You carved and molded me well.”
The Roses of Love
“I’m so glad, my Love, so glad
That you placed roses on my Spirit
And not thorns on my soul.”
Throughout this struggle in the relative world we live in, everything that we gain has its cost. Every positive will have its negative. "Every rose has its thorn..." as the song says. From this, we can only be redeemed when we realize that there is nothing negative in His Love.
Egoism wants to convince us that choosing to return to Heaven will mean that we will lose many "good" things … many delights. To live our lives with virtue can be perceived as abandonment to the joys of life; an exposure and vulnerability which we fear. This is how egoism tries to convince us, that if we want the "rose", we should accept the "thorn."
Unfortunately, most of us fall into this trap, abandoning our Paradise, mainly because of insecurity. But he who truly loves knows how dangerous a lie this is. When we have felt the incredible miracle of the offering of unselfish love that does not ask for anything, that it offers only for the joy of giving, then nothing scares us.
When we understand that the "space" that is created when we give will be filled by the Light and the Blessing of Love, we come to realize that this is the real happiness that no one and nothing can take away from us. Then Love becomes us; we become Love, and reopen the door of Paradise, seeing that these beautiful roses, the acts of Love we have made, are without thorns.
In Love there is joy without pain, giving without loss, light without darkness, laughter without crying... and our Spirit now knows and can enjoy the colors, the aromas, the flavors, the sounds, the textures of Paradise, to enjoy the roses, without the fears that before they pierced the Soul as thorns!
End of First Stanza
I think that this first stanza is a beautiful and powerful prayer that can change the life of anyone who decides to adopt it and to meditate on it every day! It has all the power and magic it needs to clear the rust that we have left to cover our Soul, by living our every moment in Ignorance. It is worth trying!
But the next stanza is a real masterpiece because it is a prayer from Love to the man; it is a confession of the Father-God to His lost child which He finds again!
We will study this in the third part of this analysis.
To be continued... (Link to part 3)
No price is too great to pay for inner peace. Peace is the harmonious control of life. It is vibrant with life-energy. It is a power that easily transcends all our worldly knowledge. Yet it is not separate from our earthly existence. If we open the right avenues within, this peace can be felt here and now.— Sri Chinmoy
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