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Hope in Adversity. Wednesday's Inspiration 3 for Aspiring Souls

Updated on March 19, 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.

Wisdom from the Master


Wisdom of the Master

“Hope knows no fear. Hope dares to blossom even inside the abysmal abyss. Hope secretly feeds and strengthens promise.” ~ Sri Chinmoy

The above quote comes to mind in these very trying times. It is also appropriate, as for some we are most certainly in the abysmal abyss and of course dark shadows by nature, tend to feed on the seeds of fear. It is precisely because of this that the aphorism includes the word 'hope.'.

Hope is a radiant dawn, shining like a Light in adversity. We need to believe, to be joyful, remain strong and as some private enterprises are now realising, to help one another. The old saying 'we are all in this together' has never been more real -- from the East to the West - from everywhere on this our planet Earth.

So we look to the future, but with the reality of how we can best serve today. For it is by bettering ourselves at every moment, that we will be of greater service to aspiring mankind.

I responded to a Hub yesterday, yet another one speaking of 'end times.' I have been hearing of them since childhood and so I gave this response:

"My 'watch and pray' is not for signs, but to be ready and receptive in Love to receive Him. I feel if I am not striving to be pure here, why would I strive there? If I do not love man whom I can see, how can I love God whom I cannot see? How am I a benchmark for Christ, if all I do is await signs?

if I am steeped in Ignorance on Earth, is it fair to awake to a pure life in heaven? What is making me want to rush from God's beautiful Creation? If it's man, then how can I lesson God's burden?" Food for thought.

God is Spirit, capital 'S', and Consciousness is the Yogic word. Spirit is omnipresent. There is nothing outside Spirit and so it follows that all within Spirit has an intended purpose, even the 'bugs' we may not wish for.

The nature of the soul is immortality, but the mind has not quite grasped that message and so naturally we are afraid. Yet somehow we wish to stay alive, doing the things we feel necessary to achieve this goal.

Some Spiritual Masters of lion strength, said that the Buddha was one of the most practical teachers that ever lived. For he made it quite clear that all is transitory, ephemeral by nature ... that nothing lasts but the Higher Light. He also said that suffering is common to all.

We cannot avoid suffering. This means that it's a great idea to be conscious, of not only our needs, but the needs of others as well, as the recent crisis is showing us, that we are living in an interconnected world -- a oneness-home. We are really not alone as we think.

Let us be kind and say with Sri Chinmoy, the visionary-Seer:

"Be kind, be all sympathy,

For each and every human being,

Is forced to fight against himself." - Sri Chinmoy

So back to hope ... back to our visions of tomorrow. Sometimes the mother goes through severe pains in pregnancy, but she bears it all, knowing that sooner or later, she is going to have a beautiful child. The rose does not criticize the thorns, saying: "Please do not spoil my beauty!", as it knows that the thorns are there for protection. How else can she remain undisturbed and untainted? How else can she become a most immaculate flower?

So too, adversity helps us to grow, to blossom like the rose ... to awaken, like the glorious morn, after another evening's sunset. This is the time to rise, to shine like the Creator meant us to, to be positive and loving citizens of His.

In the Sri Chinmoy Centre International, many of our activities have been cancelled, we cannot meet in large gatherings, but we can pray; send out loving-kindness to our loved ones ... to our state, country, the world.

Let us be a Light on the mountain. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Be confident! Be courageous, be brave! Go forward! Fly upward! March with inner sweetness and the Heart's Love and all will be well. Glory be! Jai Jesus Christ! Jai Allah! Jai Sri krishna! Jai Ram!



Hope is like a pageantry of flowers.

They await the spring, so they can unfurl

A tapestry of beauty to the universe.

Hope is like the young dove, longing for

The strength of wings, for it craves a

Sacred freedom, in infinity's blue sky.

Hope is like the crimson sunset,

Heralding the dusk, even while dreaming

Of the effulgent glory of Sister moon.

Hope is like a birthday,

A sweet dream of Love in the Heart of man;

Paying homage to the Absolute.

Indeed! What is hope, if not the seed of happiness?

A young kernel in the soul, carving

A Path to the bewildering Lights of Paradise.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 9th August, 2019


Wisdom from the Master

“Every day you have to energise yourself to such an extent that you will feel new hope and new aspiration. If on a particular day there is no hope, then on that day you are dead. If on a particular day there is no promise, then you are worse than dead. If you want to live on earth, then you must have hope.”- Sri Chinmoy.

Hope for the Harvest of Tomorrow's Dawn

I said. “O Sage, I’m lost in my darkness,

Filled with the tears of loneliness and fear.

I have affronted the silent beauty of life,

Now I’m covered with imprints of innumerable scars.”

“Be hopeful, my child. Dark nights are disguised candles,

Through which the light of mercy flows.

Some passions beat, like drums … become painful,

Yet others soar - like the Phoenix - to a translucent Light.”

“O Sage, my hope is diminished, my guilt real;

I’m steeped in a river of past shadows.

Strong is the current of my unworthiness;

Desperation claws through my bale of suffering.”

“Be patient, my child. Christ died and became immortal,

But this took him thirty-three years!

Shouldn’t we humans tarry a little longer?

Spring blossoms immaculately, when the winter’s gone.

There’s an ancient self-transcending Manuscript,

Whose Light somehow never wanes.

So too, night is the precursor of a new dawn,

So as to undeniably wake up dancing.

Hammer beats on the unshaped metal,

Only to give us a magnificent sword.

One day the sun will kiss your cheeks;

The moon will bow, to offer its raiment’s.”

“I see, O Beloved. Pain is inevitable with childbirth,

Until a most joyful miracle comes through.

A thorn is the messenger of wisdom;

Adversity’s scavenger-eagle, deep-cleans in the dark.”

“Yes, my child. Sometimes twilight brings nakedness,

But dawn heralds the melody of the lark.

So too, Love reins us in, in order to bloom

In fullness, the harvest of tomorrows morn.

When the rain falls heavily, the earth is

Flooded with puddles, but soon

The all-nourishing sun peeps out,

And earth blossoms into new life.”

The Lantern Carrier. 3rd November, 2018

~Awakening The Inner Light

To inspire hope

Wisdom from the Master

“Every day must come to you as a new hope, a new promise, a new aspiration, a new energy, a new thrill and a new delight. Tomorrow will dawn and you have already seen thousands of days. If you think that tomorrow will be another day like those which you have already seen, then you will make no progress. You have to feel that tomorrow will be something absolutely new that you are going to create in your life.” -Sri Chinmoy

Hope in troubled times

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  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    14 months ago from london

    Thank you, my friend. You're very kind. Emge. Appreciated.

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    MG Singh emge 

    14 months ago from Singapore

    Very powerful post on hope. Only you could have composed it. Thanks

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    15 months ago from london

    I guess you know, Dee. Chuckle

    Nice image, eh? I like to make them real. Thank you and stay well.

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    Dora Weithers 

    15 months ago from The Caribbean

    I love the theme of hope in this collection, and here is my favorite scenario of hope: "Sometimes the mother goes through severe pains in pregnancy, but she bears it all, knowing that sooner or later, she is going to have a beautiful child." Despite the pain, abortion never comes to mind. She want to give birth against all odds.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    15 months ago from london

    An amazing post, Shauna!

    You're on fire! All my Gratitude!

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    Shauna L Bowling 

    15 months ago from Central Florida

    Manatita, I can't tell you how beautiful and powerful this post is. I love your positive attitude and the eloquent way in which you remind us that there's light at the end of the tunnel.

    I happen to agree with you.

    Your words are quite profound and comforting. Thank you for this.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    15 months ago from london

    Ah, Rosina.

    Thank you so much! Yes, faith can move mountains! Carry on carrying on. Higher blessings.

    Thanks John,

    When I was a child growing up in Christianity, I was so scared! I would eat as much as I could, as I didn't want to leave any food behind. Ha ha.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    15 months ago from Sunny Florida

    I like your response to the person who wrote of end times. I believe in hope. My faith in Jesus will always give me hope.

    Your poetry is beautiful as usual, Manatita. This is such a good article filled with hope and love.

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    John Hansen 

    15 months ago from Queensland Australia

    They have been preaching the 'end times" for as long as I have been on this Earth...and life continues. These are troubling times that's true but we will overcome this as well. We just need hope and faith and we will overcome once more. Thank you for sharing these wise words. Good article, manatita.

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    15 months ago from london


    That is quite true, thank you so much!

    True Brenda,

    We have a man called Mr Motivator who comes on T.V to give advice to cope with boredom. There are yogic exercises (Physical exercises) that you can do. But yes, I can understand your frustrations in the light of current events. Much Love.


    It is always great to see you and your sentiments are appreciated. Gratitude.


    That is the message, one of hope as Sri Chinmoy's aphorisms suggests. Thank you so much!!

    Yes, Devika.

    Stay positive. Our Lord is always merciful and things will be ultimately fine. Om Shanti!

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    Devika Primić 

    15 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Hope in troubled times is the most thought of for me. I am always positive and this hub ads to my good way of life

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    Peggy Woods 

    15 months ago from Houston, Texas

    I loved this line: "The rose does not criticize the thorns, saying: "Please do not spoil my beauty!", as it knows that the thorns are there for protection." We may be going through troubled times right now, but there is always hope in the future, whatever that might be.

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    Rosina S Khan 

    15 months ago

    Thanks for showing light and hope in these tough times, Manatita. A very encouraging and beautiful hub. May God bless us all.

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    15 months ago from Washington Court House


    I love these poems and accompanying information.

    Your reference to a woman in childbirth and a rose with thorns makes a lot of sense.

    I decided to share to my page. Here is the link.

    I, too, might die from boredom. I am so tired of being captive in my tiny place and this is only the beginning.

    There is only so much one can do before the boredom sets in for a spell.

    Take care.

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    Manju lata 

    15 months ago from Ambala City

    Awesome heart touching Article.Internally strong person can face every type of situation.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    15 months ago from london

    Yes Bro.

    I feel for you. I go out to shop and for spiritual endeavours, but God's willing we are not as bad as you guys yet. Higher blessings. Keep save.


    That's the Spirit. Take Vit C with bioflavonoids 1g x 3 daily and buy a good immune supplement from Walmart. Eat berries and fruits. Get well. Love you heaps.

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    Kyler J Falk 

    15 months ago from California

    I'm worried I am going to die of boredom with all this rainy and cold weather keeping me locked up inside! Stuck here hardening my muscles with workouts and dwelling on the ever-present "fake news" going around about the virus causing hysteria. Here's hoping that the weather clears and I can hit the lake for some suntanning and barbecue!

    A lovely article, Manatita!

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    15 months ago from Southern Illinois

    I woke up this morning with the worst head cold I've had in years, my nose runs like a sieve, but thankfully I have no fever. I will weather this because I have hope for a better tomorrow. I know the world is in turmoil and fear because of the C virus. I am sick of hearing, ' We are living in the last days. ' Your message is clear, live for today, love like never before, be willing to help wherever you can, and never lose hope.

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    15 months ago from london

    Funny Bill.

    That's the spirit! Awesome. Duty with detachment. Thank You.

    Hi Li-Jen,

    Very sweet comment from you, Li-Jen. Thanks for the video. More gratitude to you ... much!

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    Bill Holland 

    15 months ago from Olympia, WA

    I'm sleeping well. I have a great appetite. My blood pressure is normal and my resting heartbeat is low. All is well in my world. Worry? Me worry? Not likely, my friend. Bring on life is my daily mantra. Then toss in a second to all!

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    Li-Jen Hew 

    15 months ago

    Hi Manatita. This theme of hope is enlightening. It's something deep and it's good you brought this up, because it's not something I truly understand. You are kind to publish this in these Covid-19 times. Cool that you show a story of how to live through hardship with hope. It's the light at the end of the tunnel, as they say. Thanks for sharing!

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    15 months ago from london

    Thanks Lorna,

    Do you work in this field? Awesome!

    Hi Paul,

    I clicked on your name by accident. Some very inspirational titles there. Will visit you later. Thank you so much!

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    Paul K Francis 

    15 months ago from east coast,USA

    Nice thoughts for today. Thanks, and keep the light shining.

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    Lorna Lamon 

    15 months ago

    Uplifting and very beautiful Manatita, in particular the poem "Hope" which is something we can always pass on. I am the eternal optimist treating people without hope so your poem was like a breath of fresh air. "This too shall Pass" - we can but hope.


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