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Diwali: Festival of Lights. A Dedication. To my Dear, Dearer, Dearest Surabhi

Updated on October 30, 2016
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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.

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O Row of Lights, O Festival of Splendour!

O Flame! You who are encircled by star lights

And indigo streams of Beauty.

Your diamond-orange hue,

Fascinates my core with its enchanting power.

Mesmerised by Your fiery Love, I remain riveted.

I dance with a cherubic joy,

Knowable only beyond speech,

Deep within the grandeur of the Soul.

Delight, O my Bright-Delight, how spirited

Is the merriment of Your children!

Firecrackers, fun, food and laughter,

Embrace their Lives,

As they praise Your name in joyful tears,

Embedded upon their gleeful Spirit.

Divali 2015
Divali 2015
Divali 2015
Divali 2015

Valmiki’s revered Lord Rama’s Victory,

Has enwrapped me in its sweet embrace;

I dance on His bosom, as a pageantry

Of terracotta lotus lanterns glimmer;

Diyas (lamps) Illuminate my Heart, in a spectacle of Bliss.

Come, my Beloved! Captivate this Being

With Your self-amorous effulgence,

Casting away my darkness.

Infatuate all Indian Souls in their diaspora;

Let them drink from the supernal salmon-tinted wine.

Bless them with inner garlands;

The opulence of Mahalakhsmi’s haven,

So that they continue to dance

With an ecstatic joy unspoken,

Within the profundity and magna of the Soul.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier, Copyrighted, 11th November, 2015. ~ Awakening The Inner Light ~

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    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      23 months ago from london

      Thank you so much, Bro. I would look for it. Have a great Sunday!

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      Venkatachari M 

      23 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very beautiful poem and the video is great. The essence of Diwali is delivered through your beautiful lines and this video. I have written an article on Diwali at my blog vnktchari. (Lifestyle Tips) much earlier.

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      2 years ago from london

      Yes, indeed! You know it, it seems. Better than many. Thank you so much Deb. Much Love and stay warm.

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      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I missed the Festival of Lights this year, but I hope I can attend the next time. It really is a time of great merriment.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Thanks Bro.

      I have a poem somewhere for you as well. I almost wrote about Diwali in prose, but I thought that one of the Indian girls would. It is very similar to Christmas in many ways, and symbolises the the victory of Light over Darkness; good over evil. In a nutshell. Much Gratitude.

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      Reynold Jay 

      2 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Hi Manatita--Not familiar with this. I can see it is quite an experience. Very moving poem gives me an idea of what it is all about. Loved the pictures. Well done and now I have learned something new today.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london


      Next Year, or if you are lucky, you may still find a Temple that is still celebrating. The big day was the 11th November. It changes every Year.

      What you need is either a famous Temple, like Swami Narayan, which attracts many guests and also can raise the money for major fireworks. Or, failing this, you need the community itself, like here in Southall or Hanwell. In Southall you can go from door to door, like we do for Christmas in the Caribbean.

      You will get gifts, sweets, firecracker fun, lots of gaiety and merriment plus. Food, lots and lots of lights ...

      I have tried to capture the essence, as it would not be complete without Rama and Lakhsmi, nor the sense of good or victory over evil or darkness. The prayerful side covers this, but mostly Diwali is like our Christmas with lots of gifts, fun, merriment and much more light and firecrackers. Great and festive occasion for all the family.

      Venkatachari M. I thank you. Happy Diwali, my brother. Much Peace.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      I have heard of this festival and have lots on online friends who celebrate and at least once I would enjoy having the chance to be a part of it all.

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      Sakshi Davessar 

      2 years ago from Punjab, India

      thanku . You too stay blessed manatita. Hari om!

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      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Awesome lines dedicated to one wonderful hubber-cum-poet. You have presented the diaspora of Diwali so great. Thanks for it.

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      2 years ago from london

      Yes, you are talking about Yoga Philosophy, I believe. The mystical approach to the spiritual life. I have followed this for 33 years. Good that you are interested. Pursue your inner seeking. I have heard of the book and will look it up.

      Thanks for appreciating my work. Have a great weekend.

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      Mihnea-Andrei Andreescu 

      2 years ago from Tilburg

      Beautiful piece.I am fascinated by Indian culture.Mircea Eliade,a famous Romanian scholar,had an enlightening experience while he travelled to India and wrote a novel called "Maitreyi".You should definitely read it,it is very interesting.

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      2 years ago from london

      Dee, I thank you most lovingly. Have a great weekend.

      Sujaya, I appreciate this. Thank you so much!

      Sakshi, I feel your Love. God bless you. Peace.

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      Sakshi Davessar 

      2 years ago from Punjab, India

      Thanku manatita :)

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      sujaya venkatesh 

      2 years ago

      oh great a poem

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Joyful dancing mood! Very appropriate. Beautiful lines as usual.

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      2 years ago from london

      Subjugator. Appreciated. Did you like my Poem?


      I thank you. Soon it will be Christmas and great time for festivity and prayers. Much Peace.

      Bill, yes, it's close to our Christmas. Actually, we are very similar to the Indians. We give gifts, and drink and have food and fun ....we spend a lot!

      They use more firecrackers and lights but otherwise they do the food thing, fun, gifts ... we are also similar in the sense that our importance to the inner message is not so great. But yes, like them we also worship.

      Glad you know a little. We can best serve others by knowing a little about them. Hari Om! (Praise be!

      Thanks Ruby,

      Yes it helps us. I would have done the article as well, but I was too tired last night. Maybe Chitrangada or Surabhi will take up the challenge. Lots of Love, Ruby.

      Sakshi, truly appreciated. Lots of Love.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Your poetry and the video were truly beautiful. I love to learn of other cultures. Blessings.

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      Sakshi Davessar 

      2 years ago from Punjab, India

      Happy Diwali.

      Another amazing and wonderful masterpiece. Stay blessed and happy

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      2 years ago from United States

      Inspirational my friend. Well done.whonu

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love the internet. Because of it I learned about the Festival of Lights. Because of it I am a click away from beautiful writing, like yours, and because of it, I am a click away from a yours.

      blessings always, my friend

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      Shubhro Sen 

      2 years ago from Howrah, West Bengal , India

      happy diwali everyone.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Thank you so much, Vasantha Tk. Happy Divali and may the Mother Supreme bless your life and Heart of Beauty. Om Shanti!

      Wow!! Surabhi!

      What can I say? Yet we must use words. Gratitude ...Gratitude ...Gratitude ... Higher blessings from the One Itself. Hari Om Tat Sat!

      Note: Slight change in a couple of words. -Manatita

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      Surabhi Kaura 

      2 years ago

      Beautiful pictures and the video! Cheers.

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      Surabhi Kaura 

      2 years ago

      My Dearest, Manatita, the depth of this poetic grandeur is so Divine that the emporium of Love has kneeled and bowed today. Heartfelt thanks for writing and dedicating this masterpiece. I am in bliss and joy.

      May the Goddess Lakshmi bestow you with opulence and prosperity,

      May Lord Ganesha remove the darkness and obstacles,

      May Brahma continue to ignite the spark,

      May Lord Vishnu bestow all of us with Peace and Truth!!

      Happy Diwali. Let these sweet lanterns glow for eternity. Yep, they are evergreen and your poetic Heart is timeless. Lots of Love. Om Namah Shivaya!

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      vasantha T k 

      2 years ago from Bangalore

      May God bless you with peace and prosperity manatita, for this beautiful poetry and captivating pictures.


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