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Flooding My Soul With an Effusive Joy. An Offering to Nikki Khan. Sunday's Inspiration 1

Updated on February 18, 2018
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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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In the analysis of Manatita’s poem, Flooding my Soul With an Effusive Joy,

the word ‘drunk’ requires scrutiny. It is not an alcoholic endeavour, but rather an immersion in an ineffable love, coming from a touch or kiss, out of the breath of Delight.

It is an esoteric state; a spiritual one which, while mimicking the ‘reeling’ and staggering of the mundane drunkard, carries the speechless joy of a much higher experience of ecstasy-bliss. Here the emphasis or focus of the devotee, of the Bhakti Yogi, is with the one-pointed; the inescapable pull of God.

Manatita covers this in a very succinct, yet lofty way in the first two lines of the poem:

“I’m so drunk today, so drunk,

Reeling from the vintage wine of the Unknown.”

With the addition of his ‘so drunk’ and ‘reeling from the vintage wine of the Unknown’, one senses that something beautiful, yet mystical is going on. The poet tries – by using powerful images – to show us this play of the Divine; the fact that even the seemingly little things are enhanced or magnified, by the glory or wonder of the Spirit.

This theme; this use of extraordinary images, run throughout the first twenty five lines, while repeating, in order to make effective use of the word ‘drunk.’ Consider the fourth stanza:

“I’m so drunk today; so drunk.

I ran into my nemesis at work;

The power went as she engulfed me.

I was wrapped immediately by an effulgent Light,

Shimmering from the axis of the sun.”

Here the nemesis is ‘darkness’ as implied by ‘the power went out as she engulfs me’, but the Light of the Beloved instantly steps in:-

“I was wrapped immediately by an effulgent Light.’

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This fight between darkness and Light, runs throughout many of his poems. The poem ends with a couplet as Manatita merges with; acknowledges the absorption in the sweetness of the Divine. Here’s the poem:-


Flooding my Soul With an Effusive Joy


I’m so drunk today, so drunk,

Reeling from the vintage wine of the Unknown.

I saw an autumnal leaf,

Spinning and dancing with the breath of heaven;

Riding the stratosphere in its delight.


I’m so drunk today; so drunk.

I heard the wind rustling merrily,

Saw the grey-stained evening opening its heart;

As the clouds unfolded and the rains fell,

Beating upon a silvery pool of transparency.


This morning, I ran into my Beloved Queen;

I was amazed by Her vivacious streams of beauty.

She’d hidden from me for a thousand lives!

Now we embraced in my drunkenness;

I felt a million stories singing in my Heart.


I’m so drunk today; so drunk.

I ran into my nemesis at work.

The power went as she engulfed me.

I was wrapped immediately by an effulgent Light,

Shimmering from the axis of the sun.


Sweet drunken craze! Stay, my Beloved.

This core is intoxicated with Thy wine.

My Heart is like a river,

Oozing the perennial nectar of Thy sweetness;

Flooding my soul with an effusive Joy.


O Hari, I am a tiny sugary granule, who,

Losing its distinction, melts into Your Ocean and becomes sweet.


–Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 17th February, 2018.

~ Awakening The Inner Light ~


The poem is free verse, but carries its own metre, with the return of drunkenness and unusual images, all playing their part to augment the striking beauty of the poem.

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Short poem by Manatita

"An array of colours;

A sacred flame from the palm of God's Light,

Tugged at the fire of my Heart.

Releasing an unfolding canopy of clouds,

They filled by Soul with an ocean of longing,

The bliss of which remains anew." -Manatita

Manatita reciting his poem, Drunk With Love

Spiritual drunkenness

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    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      21 months ago from london

      Thank you, Bill.

      Have a great Bev-Bill-family Sunday, with fun, Love and laughter. Peace!

      Eric,

      How nice! A visit on a family day, too. Hugs from me to the youngest and Love to all. Peace.

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      manatita44 

      21 months ago from london

      Me too, Frank. Charming, eh? Not sure where it came from. But I like it. I was in full flow! Thank you so much!!!

      Ah, Chitrangada, I thank and salute you for your take on my poetry. God bless your noble Heart. Om Shanti!!

      And to you, Gypsy, Higher blessings and Love. Peace.

      Nikki Ji,

      I thank you. My Heart is filled with the sublimity of Eastern thought. The Bhagavad Gita; the Upanishads; the Vedas; Ramayana, Puranas; Yoga Vashista; Crest Jewel of Discrimination of Sri Shankaracharya; Shrimad Bhagavatam plus plus plus ... hugs to all.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      21 months ago from Shelton

      what an heartfelt manner of gathered words which certainly can indeed feel like you're flooding your soul with an effusive joy... I like that word effusive....

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      21 months ago from New Delhi, India

      This is so beautiful and divine!

      Nice tribute, good analysis of the poem. Spiritual drunkenness—that’s a great way to explain the theme of the poem.

      Your recitation is beautifully done, with nice pictures and video.

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      21 months ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      A most fascinating write. Blessings to you.

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      Nikki Khan 

      21 months ago from London

      Oh that's good to know,, I like this idea that there is only one eternal religion.And I am glad to know that you know few words of Hindi and Urdu :)

      You can use them in replying me of course.

      Shukria Manatita ji

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      21 months ago from london

      Haha.

      I am a Disciple of Sri Chinmoy and a student of Yoga and Vedic literature. Sri Chimoy was born in Bengal. Hinduism is more complete, in the sense that it's all-embracing. It teaches the Sanatan Dharma. That is to say, Truth is One or there is only One eternal religion.

      I know quite a few Hindi and Urdu words. Sukria.

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      Nikki Khan 

      21 months ago from London

      Hi Bill thanks for admiring me.You are an amazing person :)

      God Bless you.

      Hi Manatita, I have a question for you.

      How do you know Hindi language?

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      21 months ago from london

      Thank you so much, Dora.

      It is a slow recording. has the effect, yes, but in public I go a bit faster. glad you liked 'drunkenness' and 'effusive joy.'

      Hi Linda,

      Thank you. Appreciated.

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      Dora Weithers 

      21 months ago from The Caribbean

      I appreciate the analysis and the explanations on drunkenness in the poem. I feel the effect of it - "effusive Joy."

      I also listened to the recital. Well done!

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      Linda Crampton 

      21 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the thought of feeling a million stories singing in my heart! Thank you for sharing some more of your lovely imagery, Manatita.

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      Bill Holland 

      21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      The perfect way to begin my Sunday, a loving tribute to a lovely woman. Blessings to you both!

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You did it again. I like your consistency in really good works.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      21 months ago from london

      Thank you Nikki ji.

      Right day to read this. I'm very happy that you understand the loftiness of the piece.

      God bless your simplicity-Heart and childlike Spirit. Hari Om Tat Sat!

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      Nikki Khan 

      21 months ago from London

      Aww thank you so much Manatita my friend for such an amazing and spiritual offering on Sunday morning.

      The poem is amazing and it’s drunkness mixed with divine love is so mystical and heart touching.

      I am truly obliged and blessed to have such a wonderful friend.

      I loved the poem from beginning Tillerson the end.

      Every word of it takes you towards love of God and a beautiful tribute to Nikki khan :)

      I am so happy and honoured for this.

      God Bless you my friend.

      Shukria Manatita ji :)

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