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Manatita, the Lantern Carrier - a Book Review

Updated on August 17, 2019
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When Hearts are connected with Love, God finds new ways to express Itself.

— Sean Dragon

Details About the Book

Author: Ioannis Arvanitis

Paperback: 185 pages

Publisher: Independently published (August 14, 2019)

Language: English

ISBN-13: 978-1686095849

Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches

The Gift of Knowing Manatita

From the very first moment that I read Manatita's poems, here on HubPages, I realized that we share some common ideals.

Our need to express to the world the power of Love. Our will to remind aspiring seekers that we are made of Love; that we have forgotten it. Our longing to explain to as many people as we can, that Love alone can return us to where we belong, in our oneness with God.

After our initial communications, I was confident that God had blessed me with a beautiful gift. A unique opportunity to know and feel friendship with a real Light Bearer, a Lantern Carrier!

At the same time, I was given a chance to study a genuinely great teacher, the spiritual master of Manatita, the guru Sri Chinmoy. The astonishing teachings of this great guru continue to be expressed, several years after his passing, through the poems, the texts, but primarily through the lives of his many students. Manatita is one such student.

As I was learning more about Sri Chinmoy through my research and Manatita's work, I started to comprehend the term of "Oneness". I have been working on the meaning of this term since I was very young, but Manatita helped me to feel it in depth!

There is the life we dream, the life we deserve and the life we will live. The purpose of our Spiritual struggle is to make these three become one.

— Sean Dragon
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A Book About Oneness

So, this is a book about Oneness. A Fundamental Principle in Spiritual Philosophy: "All things are One."

All beings –sentient and non-sentient– come from the same Source, and will experience true happiness only by returning to this Source. All life-forms are a journey into the Awareness of this Truth, an opportunity for the Creator to experience in and through us, It's creation, the infinite possibilities of Self-transcendence.

God, Love, One … the Source of All existence, are just some of the names attributed to the Creator. He is Eternally Existent in the Silence of Infinity. He is the Love in All Loves, the Unchanged and at the same time continually changing through the evolution of His Creation!

Oneness

The Purpose of the Book

The purpose of the book is to help the reader see this interconnectedness, through the sublime poetry of Manatita. To remind the reader, also, that the Light dwells in him or her, that God lives just a heartbeat away, indeed exists in everything we live. The author hopes to serve in such a way that the reader becomes familiar with the Path of Spiritual Philosophy. Additional and equal significant help to this is the discussion with Manatita, which follows the analyses of the poems.

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The Three Parts of the Book

The book is composed of three parts.

In the first part, there are four esoteric analyses of Manatita's poems.

We have to make it clear that this effort is not a literary analysis but an esoteric analysis. The author doesn't deal with language, spelling, tone, the wealth of words, and all that. He does not have the expertise to do it. Instead, he intends to unfold as much as possible, levels of Knowledge that are "hidden" behind the words.

Manatita's poems are the products of his meditation, so they convey messages and experience from another world, a spiritual world. They carry memories of our true nature and answers to what our heart seeks. That's what the author wants to try to "reveal." And he does his best, with respect, and using Love as a "translator". Love is the best assistant and never tells lies!

Try not to change the world, you will fail.

Try to love the world.

Lo! The world is changed, changed forever.

— Sri Chinmoy

The second part is a discussion between Manatita and the author, on Spiritual Philosophy. Manatita is a real Lantern Carrier who with his Love and wisdom can offer much Light to someone who seeks the way of Truth. Therefore, this interview with "open" questions on Inner Philosophy, is a tremendous gift, since it gives the reader the ability to clarify various "blurry" points about the Spiritual Path. It also offers a chance to deepen his or her understanding to even more. The most important thing is that the reader is able to take delight in Manatita's word, which is full of Love and Light.

The last part contains some information about Manatita and his Master, Sri Chinmoy. It is a glimpse into the life of Manatita. His early years in Grenada, his resettlement in London and his meeting with his master who changed his life.

The author intentionally left these pieces of information about Manatita's biography for the end. He wants you first to know him and to create your "image" of him, through his beautiful words about Love and Oneness.

I did not come into the world to prove anything. I came into the world to love everyone and everything.

— Sri Chinmoy

Enjoy this esoteric journey to Spiritual Philosophy. A journey back Home! God bless you all!

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Manatita,  The Lantern Carrier: An Esoteric Journey to Spiritual Philosophy
Manatita, The Lantern Carrier: An Esoteric Journey to Spiritual Philosophy

A book dedicated to all the seekers of the Light which I am sure that it will lift you up!

 

© 2019 Ioannis Arvanitis

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    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      3 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      I humbly thank you, my brother, John! I have so many good teachers here in HP, and one of them is you. Gratitude!

      Selflessness is my chariot of fire!

      Sean

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Congratulations on the publication of this book dedicated to such a worthy person as manatita, my brother. You always teach others a lesson through your selflessness. Well done.

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      4 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear brother in Love, Manatita, as you know -better than me- every one of us is an opportunity for the Creator to experience It's creation, the infinite possibilities of Self-transcendence. So, this is not a book about Manatita but a book that use your Light to serve this plan! I was blessed to be the medium, and nothing more. Happiness lies in serving; you taught me. I am sure that Sri Chinmoy is smiling with delight for the Light you offer to the world in so many ways and through this book. A quick look at the comments of so many good people here, about what Manatita is for their Hearts, is the best proof!

      Of course, I am craving for the "3100: RUN AND BECOME" movie, that's why I used the trailer in the article!

      I will never be able to find words to thank the One for sending you into my Path! Gratitude and Infinity Love!

      Prayers for all the seekers of the Light!

      Sean

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      4 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      Thank you so much, my sweet Li-Jen! You always make me feel a little special! Ha! Ha! This book is a labour of Love. It was a gift to me to write about Love and Oneness using Manatita's Light! I hope many to buy, not only for the spreading of this Light but because the money from the book sales will go to a family in need here in Greece. So it will be a book for the value of serving in any way. I wish you Light on your new steps and Love every day!

      Keep on shining!

      Sean

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      manatita44 

      4 weeks ago from london

      Love to you, Shaloo and Pam ... Audrey also. Except the Fillipino lady, I wrote to all the others recently. Some addresses I didn't have. I was really saying that I remember you all and send my Love.

      Here in NY for our annual pilgrimage and the spiritual vibration is very high. Today I have a 'day off' as I did not go to our annual marathon. Instead, I'm catching up on work for East Africa. Tonight I will go to more functions.

      I told some disciples about Sean's book and they laughed. We just do not ask someone to write about us. Still, I saw the value in Sean's book and accepted his request. We are all servants ... instruments of the Higher Light and can all learn from each other.

      A Disciple did a play written by Guruji only yesterday night. It was so touching!! The play is all about the fact that there is goodness in all beings and also in everything, if only we look for it.

      All my gratitude to you Sean. Continue ... continue ... not with Manatita's book but with the service, the light-sharing ... books are written about those who shared the inner Light.

      I am merely a grain of sand in this great Ocean of God-beings like Christ, Buddha, Krishna.... however, never believe that you do not have something to offer. We all do and the Divine Mother wishes to be proud of us, Her children. Praise be!

      NB Thank you, Sunshine Tibod. I have visited and love your country very much!

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      manatita44 

      4 weeks ago from london

      We were showing videos and talking about the 3100 recently. The BBC and Wall Street Journal, Daily telegraph and others are beginning to take an interest in us. Guruji started this race and it's now in its 23rd year, I believe. People are coming here and considering what we are doing almost impossible. They see it as a sacred ground. Maybe you can see the race one day or encourage a large premier in your country. We will send you the video DVD

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      4 weeks ago

      Hey Sean, once again, Congratulations! It is a great tribute to Manatita and his work. It's also a blessing to have you share your book with the world. You are kind and hardworking in that you compiled your analyses of Manatita's poems. Hope you have great sales too! Well done to you and Manatita. Thank you!

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      4 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      Thank you, my dear Sister, Dora. It was a blessing to me writing of this book. Though I did my best I know that Manatita worths much more, but at least I Have left something good for my boys. Actually, you and all these good people, my precious friends here in HubPages, are parts of this labour of Love! Gratitude!

      Blessings and Love!

      Sean

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for this review on Manatita's book. I'm sure that it lives up to your commendation and beyond. He's very insightful and deep!

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      4 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear Sunshine, I wish that I'll be worthy of your expectations. Thank you for the honour. Your comment is significant to me.

      I wish you always to be Sunshine for this world!

      Sean

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      4 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      I had received your magical-positive energy and Love before reading your comment, my brother Eric! I "hear" you loud and clear every day, and I hope you do the same from me. Leviticus and Joshua are the best feedback about channeling and meditation! You are a true friend and brother. Gratitude!

      The world is a better place because of some locos like you!

      Sean

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      4 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      "Every act of love and kindness raises the vibration of the entire universe. To love is our natural state."

      My dear Audrey, this is a beautiful and powerful message! I will use it in my classroom. Thank you for honoring so much! Being in the same sentence with Manatita and Love is something I couldn't imagine two years ago. Thank you for your Light and your Heart! Your friendship is priceless to me!

      Keep on lighting the world!

      Sean

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      Shing Araya 

      4 weeks ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I was thinking that this book would suit for me..Thanks lot for the review

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      4 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear brother, Chris, you can't imagine what your comment means to me! The idea that you --one excellent writer and exceptional human being, who I admire so much-- will have one of my books on your bookshelf is a dream come true! It's one of these magical things that a man of Light, like Manatita, can do! I am so blessed to know both of you! Gratitude!

      Blessings on your path!

      Sean

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Sean I was having some interesting research in my beloved bible and found interesting things about channeling and meditation. Leviticus is cool on it. Joshua is interesting there.

      So I just channeled some energy and love to you and Manatita. Somehow different than prayer which I just love to do.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      This tribute to Manatita is well-deserved and beautifully written. He is a loving and humble Lantern Carrier.

      Every act of love and kindness raises the vibration of the entire universe. To love is our natural state. You and Manatita reflect this love within your being.

      Namaste

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      Chris Mills 

      4 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas through August 23, 2019.

      Sean, Thank you for writing this book about a tremendous individual, Manatita. He has been an important influence in my life and my continuing spiritual journey. I will be ordering your book now so that it arrives at my home in Michigan when I get there in a couple of weeks.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      4 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      Oh! My dear Doris, your kind words are a joy to my Heart! That's my purpose. I wish to make people familiar with the Light of such Souls as Manatita! Hearing from a person like you that I am doing my part is the best reward. Thank you from my Heart!

      Love can do miracles even through some gentle words or a kind action!

      Sean

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      4 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      Yes, my dear Pamela, we can find many reasons to hate, but happiness comes when we always try to find one more reason to love. As you said, we all bleed the same blood! Thank you for your beautiful comment and feedback! About the video you mentioned, I copy an excerpt from the book:

      "The term Oneness appeared "accidentally" in my life when I was eighteen, at a time when the faith in the God of Love began to deepen within me. It was the title of a music album by Carlos Santana, who is one of my most beloved musicians.

      It finally turned out to be definite proof of this interconnectedness of All, as everything is connected with the strings of Divine Love (this is my String Theory as a Physicist). That's because I found out that Carlos Santana and Manatita have a significant nexus. They had the same teacher. The Great Guru Sri Chinmoy!"

      Everything is part of His great Love's plan!

      Sean

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      4 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      Thank you, my brother, Tim! You said it all, in just two lines! The core of the book. I am grateful for your continuous support!

      Love is the Universal web!

      Sean

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      4 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      Yes, my brother, Eric, we all are connected! We can feel each other. The more love exists, the better is the connection and more explicit are the signals!

      Let us connect our Hearts with Love!

      Sean

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      4 weeks ago from Beautiful South

      I can't think of a finer person to inspire you to write about. Manatita is a master. He is a light shinning through the darkness of this earth, and you are a light shinning with him. There is oneness here. People are beginning to understand the quantum through the teaching of souls like Manatita, and you are doing your part to bring it to them.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      4 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      Sean, Love, and light is truly the best message any of us could receive. Why can't we disagree and still love each other? We all bleed red, so we should love ALL.

      Mantita was one of those few people that see what love can do and wrote about this very special thing. We can live out lives in love and find a fulfillment that we never knew existed. I love this article as it spells our exactly what our mindset should be as we walk through each day. The Oneness video was so beautiful.

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      Tim Truzy 

      4 weeks ago from U.S.A.

      Excellent, Sean. Wonderful write up. Oneness: God is one; man is one; and all the religions are one--we are the ones divided in our perspectives. respect and admiration

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Hey Sean because of this I was cruising around in this little head. So I concentrated. On this oneness thing. It gets strange.

      The good news is you feel more, the bad news is you feel more. My young son smacked himself hard far across our land.

      I did not know it, I felt it.

      It would appear we need to be careful here. I think Manatita and you are. Thank you. The Lantern must be slow to light lest it burn.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      4 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      Yes, my dear sister, Linda, he is a real Lantern Carrier, and I wish to help many to use the Light of his Heart! I know you all will be assistants to this. Thank you for the Light of your Heart too!

      Let us make our Hearts homes for the Light!

      Sean

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      Linda Lum 

      4 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Sean, I cannot think of a more worthy soul. What a beautiful tribute to a truly humble and beautiful human being. He has selflessly devoted his life to sharing the Love with others and now, by your writing, even more will have the opportunity to learn that pure message.

      Thank you for writing this.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      4 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      You are so correct, my dear Peggy, about Manatita! That's the reason for this book. I want to offer to as many people as I can, the chance to meet his loving words and the Light of his Heart. Thank you so much for your kind words and your support.

      Blessings and greetings from Greece!

      Sean

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      4 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear Brother, Bill, thank you from my Heart because you are a significant part of this Love! You, like Manatita, are Souls greatly needed on this planet! You also have to know that you were the "spark" for this book. In our communication, Manatita mentioned your publishing activity motivating me to read your Mailbag series. It was a huge help for me learning from your serving Heart. So, my good friend, you are a part of this book! Gratitude!

      You are serving better when you don't even consider it as a help!

      Sean

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      4 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      "Sometimes we are "more" one with some'one'"

      A unique saying from a unique an exceptional Soul! Thank you, my dear Brother, Eric, because you have been a supporting friend for me, from the start. You are a great part of my Heart and my "One."

      Your luminous Heart is a beacon!

      Sean

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks for writing this book about Manatita. It sounds wonderful. He is a standard-bearer for love and goodness in this world and continually addresses our spirituality that transcends this world into the next.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for writing this book. Any book about love and oneness is a book badly needed on this planet. Carry on my brother! A job well done!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Sean I wrote my eldest about a bad funk I was in on Wednesday. She wrote back apologizing.

      Now her apologizing was that she was recovering from a physical issue and was in a bad way for that day. Such was the cause of my issues.

      With some love sharing, Thursday was a great day for us both.

      That is not a concocted story -- full on true.

      Yes we are all one. But like you and Manatita sometimes we are "more" one with some'one'.

      Thank you for sharing your oneness.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      4 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      You make me happy, my dear Mary! Your comment is my best reward! Thank you from the depths of my Heart!

      Light on your days and Love from my Heart!

      Sean

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      Mary Norton 

      4 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'm so happy that you wrote this book. Recently, I have been reading on Oneness and it is as if it is spreading and you are an instrument. I will certainly read this as Manatita is a person I truly respect.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      4 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      Yes, my dear Shaloo, he indeed is! That's why I believe that this book, which is full of Manatita's spirit, could be a great help to many readers! Thank you for your kind words! It is significant to me to see you here and be the first who responded! Gratitude!

      I am glad to see your work of art which is your life!

      Sean

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      Shaloo Walia 

      4 weeks ago from India

      What a befitting tribute to an amazing person! Manatita is so knowledgable and yet so humble.

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