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Happy Father's Day to All My Friends

Updated on June 16, 2019
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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.

Two spiritual Fathers

Meeting with Pope John Paul 11
Meeting with Pope John Paul 11 | Source

Whenever I feel real joy, happiness, gratitude and peace, I think of the heavenly Father, of the Absolute Supreme. Of course, the earthly father is the microcosm of the macrocosm … the Creator God. We are all made in the image of Spirit and the Light Divine dwells in all:

“What! Know ye not that you are the temple of God; that God dwells in you and that you are not your own?” 1 Corinthians, 3:16

“The earth is the Lords, and its fullness there of and they that dwell there in it.” Psalm 24:1.

Nevertheless, the earthly father – for us anyway – at an early age, is in fact like a heavenly Father, offering his strength, wisdom, concern and sacrifice, for our growth and development. The earthly father serves as a beacon, to show us the pitfalls … to help us to find the way. This does not mean that he is in any way perfect and can sometimes be very difficult to live with, but at least he tries in his own way and according to his own understanding.

Yoga philosophy teaches us that everything is an experience that the Absolute is having in and through us. Good or bad, it is God’s experience, if we learn to see it that way. My father was not the best of a parent, but Yoga encourages me to look beyond the negative, to see how I have been shaped and moulded ... that the Creator all the time was blessing and guiding me, to become what I eventually became.

I just love Bill Holland’s and Eric Dierker’s attitude to life … to parents. They see how they have been shaped and offer gratitude, even though in their early life, the shadows were sometimes quite dense.

Manatita - a Father and Jayanthiny, a poetess
Manatita - a Father and Jayanthiny, a poetess | Source

So, let us celebrate Father’s Day today. We celebrate the Love, the devotion, the reverence and obedience … the early nurturing and care. Someone, or both parents were responsible and so we followed a light of sorts, while we were still weak and like chickens just out of their shells. Thus we grew up, shaped and designed as it were, by both the earthly and the master painters, to play our roles in life.

So, to all Fathers and Mothers and family and friends, let us join in the spirit of oneness, of harmony, of Love and identification, to celebrate this very special day.

Sean Dragon and family
Sean Dragon and family | Source

Father's Day quote

"I want to congratulate all the men out there who are working diligently to be good fathers whether they are stepfathers, or biological fathers or just spiritual fathers." T. D. Jakes.

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Father's day quote

"Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride and inspiration. Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person." Naveen Jain

Eric and son
Eric and son | Source

Father's Day quote

"I pray to be a good servant to God, a father, a husband, a son, a friend, a brother, an uncle, a good neighbor, a good leader to those who look up to me, a good follower to those who are serving God and doing the right thing." Mark Wahlberg.

Billybuc - Father
Billybuc - Father | Source

Dance With My Father

He gave me comfort, money; toys,

He showered love and heard my cries.

When I was wrong he did address,

My faults with sweetness at its best.


He gave me praises; scolding’s too,

“I’ll make a better man of you!”

And so, I learnt my lessons well,

Proud of my daddy, truth to tell.


At times with mother, saw him sleep,

Head through the pillows, had a peep.

With life’s endeavours, laughed and wept,

Embraced as one we always slept.


Concern, devotion was his name,

All through his life ‘twas just the same.

Fun-loving, witty; life of care,

For mom and I, went everywhere!


My father was a man of God,

Through trials; rain, was never sad.

He counseled me when in distress,

Elated, proud of my success.


A doctor great, turned out to be,

But wanted most for him to see,

The Heart of beauty I became,

All blessings to my father’s name.


Manatita, The Lantern Carrier, 16th June, 2018

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    • rdsparrowriter profile image

      Rochelle Ann De Zoysa 

      2 months ago from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

      Yes :) Great work :)

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      2 months ago from london

      Ha ha.

      You late … very late and with an excuse!!

      The thoughts, hands and actions are the instruments of Love. The soul needs us for manifestation and we need the soul for Realisation. Self-effort and Grace are twins. They go together. New one for you. (Chuckle)

      P.S. How the heavens did you find it?

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      2 months ago from london

      Ha ha.

      You late … very late and with an excuse!!

      The thoughts, hands and actions are the instruments of Love. The soul needs us for manifestation and we need the soul for Realisation. Self-effort and Grace are twins. They go together. New one for you. (Chuckle)

      P.S. How the heavens did you find it?

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      How, the Heavens, did I miss that! Oh! My brother, I thank you so much for the Beauty and the Honour! I became a father after losing my dad, twenty years ago. I didn't know how to be a good father, so I let Love does all the hard stuff! Gratitude for the photo of my family, for the words and the amazing poem!

      Let Love to be the parents!

      Sean

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      manatita44 

      2 months ago from london

      Thanks Rochelle. Appreciated. Have you seen my radio interview?

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      Rochelle Ann De Zoysa 

      2 months ago from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

      Hi Manatita :) It's a wonderful article dedicated for fathers :) Beautiful memories and nicely written poem about your father :)

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      3 months ago from london

      Thank you, my Dear. Appreciated!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      3 months ago from Central Florida

      Manatita, this is beautiful! I love that you've featured some of our Hubber fathers. Very sweet!

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      3 months ago

      Haha, Good night here!

      Thanks for asking Manatita and hope you are doing well. No worries, I am still working. I've been learning about myself more .

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      3 months ago from london

      Good afternoon, my Sweet.

      Are you dealing well with the job situation? keep looking! There is always an unseen hand at work and He/It/She, will help you. Stretch out your hands. Amitabha!

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      3 months ago

      Hey Manatita, nice tribute to fathers! And it takes great self-respect to write this article as it's coming from a father himself. Thank you for sharing and sweet poem!

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      manatita44 

      4 months ago from london

      A very beautiful thing to say. God blessing your loving soul Marlene. Very happy that you loved this hub. Salaam.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      4 months ago from USA

      I don't even have the words to describe how lovely this article is. So much love and devotion in this one. Bless you, my dear friend, for you are loved in the way that you have shown love through this beautiful devotion to fathers.

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      manatita44 

      4 months ago from london

      Thank you Alicia.

      Since you seem a young woman, then I'm sorry that you have lost your father so early. Modern foods and new illnesses are affecting so many of us! My best wishes to you, although you seem to be doing well. Much Love.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a lovely tribute to fathers. A good father is precious and can be a wonderful influence in life. I miss mine. I wish he had lived longer than he did.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      4 months ago from london

      Sweettt! Charming. You get all the love then. Hari Om, Shaloo.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      4 months ago from India

      A lovely tribute to fathers! Loved the poem and the quotes. Being the only child, I am quite close to my parents. I have always been my father's weakness who loves and supports me unconditionally. Blessed to have him!

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      manatita44 

      4 months ago from london

      Thank you, Dee.

      Didn't know that. Still, you haven't done too badly, like me. Much Love.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Beautiful thoughts, Manatita. For a moment I thought that was you standing next to the Pope. Perhaps one day you will.

      My father died before I was old enough to know him, but my relatives made sure that I knew he loved me, and that my Heavenly Father did too.

      Hope you enjoyed the special day!

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      manatita44 

      4 months ago from london

      Some father! So many successful stories! Yes, they help to mould and shape us into the beloved flower/s that God wants us to be. Kudos to you, Linda. Thank you so much!!

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      Linda Lum 

      4 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Thank you for this loving tribute to fathers. My dad went to his Heavenly home in 1981. I miss him still, but he is in my heart. It was he who taught me patience and diligence, reverence for God, and most of all love.

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      manatita44 

      4 months ago from london

      Yes, Doris.

      I have come to believe that they can only teach us what they know. Actually, Alice Miller, the psychologist, says that when the parent is lacking, the child becomes lacking and the cycle repeats itself. Perhaps. I don't always go for the gloom and doom. I am the only one of seven who never went to high school and I have not done too badly.

      So many single mom's do an awesome job! I;m drifting here, only to say, perhaps, that the Divine always have the last word and the universal laws work in such a way, with reasons, that is not easily perceived.

      Like me, Miz, you haven't done too badly. I'm sure that you are proud of yourself. Thank you for a great contribution. We all love you here so, perhaps it's coming another way. Collective Love is awesome!

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      4 months ago from Beautiful South

      Lovely sentiments about fathers, Manatita. As you intimated, human fathers are not perfect, but (my words) they are the best we have. My father was an atheist, and he taught me to think for myself. He could be controlling, but he taught me to be independent (just not independent to him). To him the most important thing in the world was to put a roof over our heads, food in our tummies, clothing on our bodies, and make sure we got an education. His version was a little different from that of us kids, but we did our own "thing" after we left home, and he never objected. I'm thankful he never gave us any reason to doubt his love, although I don't recall his ever saying "I love you."

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      manatita44 

      4 months ago from london

      Ah, my Didiji.

      He obviously did a very good job. It shows in your beauty … in your nature. How wonderful!! Much Love this Sunday. Love alone triumphs. Satyameva jayate Sukriya

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautiful piece of writing on the occasion of Father’s Day.

      Fathers are role models for the children and they silently contribute towards the well-being of their children, in every aspect of life.

      When I come to think of it, I am amazed at the fact, as to how much I have been influenced by my illustrious father. An affectionate, kind, intelligent, hard working, learned man, with a strong will power, calmness in mind and heart, I miss him everyday, every moment, since I lost him few months back.

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful tribute. Happy Father’s Day.

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      manatita44 

      4 months ago from london

      Thank you, Eric. We are covered indeed!! Appreciations.

      Peggy,

      I like that. Yes, some of us do awesome things and make huge sacrifices for our children. More Peace to you this pleasant Sunday.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Beautiful. Heartfelt. We are so blessed to be "covered".

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there who have shaped us into the people we have become today. My father, who died many decades ago, was hard-working, honest, good-hearted and loving. I am so proud of what he accomplished in life, despite many obstacles in his path. He was an amazing man.

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      manatita44 

      4 months ago from london

      Peace, my Friend. Happy Father's Day!!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sending love your way, my friend.Thank you for the beautiful thoughts and blessings.

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