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Nature's Healers. Thursday Homily for the Devout 5. To My Spiritual Brother Eric Dierker

Updated on May 18, 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.

"Butterflies were my childhood embodiment of absolute beauty and soul’s thrill - I became a lepidopteran expert while still in elementary school, and began to collect them…"

"My mother was my first spiritual teacher and guide to the inner aspect of Nature. Wherever we lived, she was the gardener and ecosystem manager of the family. She taught me about the sacredness of life and the natural cycles of the environment, with a perspective that was a combination of Christianity and indigenous spirituality. " Durjaya Thomas Pliske


Dreams at The Meadow. A Sonnet

A meadow, much adorned by daisies wild,

In which a mountain brook, now rhymes and flows.

The gentle wind on tree leaves, hears the child,

In sweetest slumber - sleep, the infant glows.

Some sparkling dahlias, dances wild and twirl,

In sleep my Heart they kiss, at nature’s dawn.

The white pearl of my song-bird, to unfurl,

Aroused by wafts, which re-creates the morn.

Some wiggling squirrels, shuttling here and there,

A pair of swans, in elegant repose.

Within a pond of lotuses all where,

And fragrant blossoms tugging at the nose.

But hark! Is this my Lover that I spy?

In this dream vale, to live with Her, or die.

-Lantern Carrier/Eric, prose turns poem. 15thth May 2019


The Moon my Solace. A free verse Sonnet

The moon is so beautiful! I wish to fly

To the sky and kiss her lips, tug

At her ears and pull her sweet cheeks.

Walk with me, O moon, into my Heart's troubled Palace;

Erase my shadows, with the smile of an innate brilliance.

I am a pawn in Love’s chess-game puzzled-mystery.

One day She sends me darkness; again, at another,

She sends me Light. Trading my winter for summers,

You caress my emotions, soothing

And offering solace to an aching Heart.

Come, O moon, my ray of sunshine. You are my Bishop

And my Queen. The first entreats Love’s mercy;

The other sheds your illustrious beauty, at the feet

Of the Beloved One, deep within the tabernacle of the Soul.

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 15th may, 2019.


The Dawn. A free verse Sonnet

Dawn is restorative; universally loved,

For it casts its Light into darkness.

Rejuvenates and replenishes life,

With newness a trademark of its character.

I toil and sweat each moment of day,

With my angels and demons; desires and pain.

My curative friend invigorates me,

In the twilight of morning’s refrain.

The radiant morn, is your symbol of love,

O dawn, your flowing resonance I feel.

Augmenting the energy of my todays;

Visioning the hopes of my tomorrows.

Entering the cavern of my Heart’s domain,

You replenish its music, with your redolent song.

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 14th May, 2019

Iguazu Falls

Note: The first quatrain in the first Sonnet has been influenced by Eric's prose.

If you are William D Holland, a.k.a Billybuc, then the Catskill Mountains will mean a lot to you and it should. Its wondrous beauty, its towering magnificence and grandeur … its magical setting, pacifies the senses and soothes the soul.

Swans glide elegantly on a serene lake, while lovers bask in its romance and diverse energies, including stillness. Bringing solace to the Heart, still waters convey an inner rhythm in the Spirit, that is hard to explain.

The moon is generally so moving! I blew kisses from my windows in the twilight of a caribbean evening, in the village of Hermitage, where I was born, as we told endless Anancy stories (Folklore), way into the stillness of the night.

Nature is man's best friend. Nourished by the Sun, she feeds us, clothes us, gives us shelter and warmth and add, for good measure, the breath of life. Her beaches are amazing and quintessentially, lifts our joys and happiness to the pinnacle of Love.

They say that the universe is like a row of golden lanterns, glowing on the horizon, the rainbows without and in the magnificence of our Hearts within. All is essentially of the One … the Love that is in the breeze, in the cosmos … in everything and centred in our Hearts. Glory be to our sweet Mother earth … our Beloved palm tress … our nature.

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  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    10 months ago from london

    Thank you Umesh.

    Welcome here. Much gratitude

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    Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

    10 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

    Excellent. Well written and well presented. Nice reading.

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    12 months ago from london

    Nature is so beautiful!!

    I saw a lot in your work about Croatia. Awesome!!

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    Devika Primić 

    12 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Beautiful nature and you say so much about it. I live in a mountainous region and exactly what i had voted on and you wrote a beautiful hub.

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    18 months ago from london

    I like that, Shauna. She weeps … is weeping. Alas! Let us pray. Muchisimas Gracias!

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    Shauna L Bowling 

    18 months ago from Central Florida

    So beautiful, Manatita. Yes, Nature is fueling and soothing. We need to be kinder to her. Treat her respect as we do our own mothers. Mother Nature is weeping.

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    18 months ago from london

    Yes, indeed! Very useful for this coming summer and indeed Spring. Thank you again, Ann.

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    Ann Carr 

    18 months ago from SW England

    Great tribute to Eric and a super variety of the inspiration of nature.


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    18 months ago from london

    Well? Our brother has his fair share of life's struggles. God's perfection road is very long even if rewarding.

    Much gratitude.

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    Ioannis Arvanitis 

    18 months ago from Greece, Almyros

    You are both Healers of Souls, Eric and you, Lantern, my Lantern! You use different ways to caress the Heart, but you have the same Sources, Love and Light! I am blessed to have you both into my path!

    I am blessed growing in Love with you!


    PS: It is significant to me that we have paid tribute to Eric in the same period!

    PS2: Thank you for your presents!!! I am much obliged!

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    18 months ago from london

    Indeed, Chitrangada Sharan.

    A great healer indeed. Thank you so much!

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    Chitrangada Sharan 

    18 months ago from New Delhi, India

    Such a beautiful and fitting tribute to Ericdierker. So well deserved. Your poem is thoughtful and heartfelt, as always.

    It’s difficult to choose one, from your options. Mother Nature is a healer, rather the ultimate healer, in all it’s forms.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    18 months ago from london

    Yes Linda.

    I like it too. Light in more ways than one as we also wake up with less cobwebs in our minds. Refreshed and ready to go. Gratitude.

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    Linda Crampton 

    18 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I chose flora and fauna in your poll, though I liked the other choices as well. I love the thought of the restorative dawn casting Light into darkness. As I've said multiple times, you include beautiful imagery in your poetry, Manatita.

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    18 months ago from london

    So much beauty ... so much Light in your words Ruby. Makes me feel very loved ... wanted.

    I feel that when we see beauty, it is because we ourselves are beautiful. A few just momentarily forget. Thank you for sharing here with my brother and friends.

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    18 months ago from Southern Illinois

    This was especially moving and our Bro. Eric is so deserving. Your words are like a song that I hold in my heart, such beauty! You are so gifted with God's love and you share it so willingly. Thank you...

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    18 months ago from london

    Thanks Linda.

    you must have led a fab last life to deserve this amazing current one. Enjoy.

    Yes, perhaps my brother is troubled. Our Lord is always merciful. He'll be fine.

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    18 months ago from london

    Yes, Bro. So many to choose from! Gratitude.

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    John Hansen 

    18 months ago from Queensland Australia

    Like MsDora, I also chose beach, waterfalls, mountains but I could have chosen the first four. Beautiful poetry as a tribute to our inspirational brother Eric.

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    Linda Lum 

    18 months ago from Washington State, USA

    Manatita, I could not select one symbol of the Healer. I am blessed to be surrounded by flora and fauna in the midst of a forest. With a short drive I can be in the mountains and snow. The beach is a one-mile walk from my house. I can see, hear, and breathe in Nature and my soul is at peace.

    Our dear brother Eric is in need of our prayers. Thank you for lifting him up with your verses. You nourish us with your eloquence and your caring spirit.

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    18 months ago from london

    Thanks Mary.

    You can still go for walks. You need a decent friend, I suppose, but yes, it may help you. Much Love.

    Thanks Dana.

    Love you too. Much good energy coming your way. Thank you so much!!

    Thanks Elijah.

    Great observation and intuitive feel. Appreciated.

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    Elijah A Alexander Jr 

    18 months ago from Washington DC

    I voted other which included all of the above and so much you didn't include. Since everything is and everything heals there is no reason to eliminate anything from man's lowest state of poverty to the highest mountain's highest peak, they all inspire something to heal my soul.

    Thanks for the sharing.

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    Dana Tate 

    18 months ago from LOS ANGELES

    It was hard for me to choose natures healer's everyone is the one for me. Beautiful tribute to Eric. He's the man of the hour; this is the second tribute I've commented on. He's so deserving.

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    Mary Norton 

    18 months ago from Ontario, Canada

    Once again, I enjoy your verses Manatita. Your words touch the heart and bring me back to my favourite places. I wish I can walk there now and just say these verses aloud.

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    18 months ago from london

    Ha ha.

    Pliske is a Professor and my friend. He is also an excellent writer and a disciple of Sri Chinmoy. We, writers, have approached Guru's philosophy from many angles. All good. Some specialise in Spirituality and Sport; some on reminiscences and yet others, like me, on Guruji's more direct philosophy of Love, Devotion and Surrender, the Way of The Heart.

    I looked at the feats of strength video. Very nice interviews too, but I thought it was too long for you busy folks. Good on ya!

    Hi Dee,

    'tempts me to link my significance to His.' Smile. It's the kind of light writing that Bill enjoys. I think its quite cute. Thank you so much for your supportive friendship.

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    Dora Weithers 

    18 months ago from The Caribbean

    I voted for the beach and the mountains. They speak to me of the majesty and vastness of the Creator, and tempts me to link my significance to His. And there's nothing more relaxing that floating in the Caribbean ocean and looking up directly into the heavens. Awesome!

    Your poetry gives me a similar refreshing feeling, lifting me away from the mundane into ethereal beauty. Thanks for sharing your unique gift.

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    Eric Dierker 

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

    I will come back. I am now getting some stuff from Pliske and St. Assisi. I needed this to get my soul back "in shape". I love the feats of strength Chinmoy taught us. And he could smack down in tennis.

    You inspire me.

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    18 months ago from london

    Appreciated, Bill. Thank you.

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    Bill Holland 

    18 months ago from Olympia, WA

    There are many ways to heal. Eric heals me with his down to earth stories and reflections. You, my brother, heal me with your loving verses.


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