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Ode To The Light. Happy Diwali, To My Indian Friends And Poetry-Loving Hubbers

Updated on November 12, 2016
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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.


To Venkatachari M and family; Surabhi and family; Chitrangada and family; Rajan and family, Madan and family; Hari; Harish and family; Abimanyu; Deergha, Shaloo, Sara Sarwaz, Sujaya, Ashish, Sulabha and more ... plus my Western Hubber Friends.



Festival of Lights

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O piercing Ray, You who reflect in moonbeams,

Sunbeams and in the starlit nights.

Your burn the dross of my darkness,

Prune the shadows of my Heart,

Like an Angel of Fire, to grant me Peace.

Ah! I see You, dancing on rainbows,

Shimmering on the crest of the horizon,

As You glow, with the majesty of Sri Krishna,

On the Craters of the sun!

My Light! My Life! Thy inexhaustible Love,

Give fruits to the womb of my birth,

Piercing this body of clay to mold a haven,

For the delight and charm of universal beauty.


Come! My inner Beam! Bring me a carousel

Of one trillion candles, as You flood the path

To the runway of my darkness,

Enabling the inner Pilot of my visions,

To take me safely home.

O Light, my All, You burn with grandeur in

The Diwali Diya’s (lamps), lighting a beacon

In the Indian Soul with such magnificence,

That the entire diaspora shout Thy name.

O magic Lustre, sweet Flame,

Your shine in the terracotta lotus lanterns,

Proclaim the victory of Lord Rama and Valmiki,

With a paragon of lanterns and flares.

They dance on my bosom,

Enwrapping my Core with Bliss-Delight.

My Light! My Beauty! my effulgence-stream,

Submerge this Soul in a candela of brightness, and be my Dream.

_Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. Copyrighted.

~Awakening The Inner Light ~

Sri Chinmoy's quote

“Although Light is the most needed spiritual quality of all, unfortunately it is the least wanted …

instead of feeling that the divine Light will illumine them, they mistakenly identify with their own limitations and imperfections and feel that they are going to be exposed. But the divine Light is not going to expose them. On the contrary, Light embraces humanity with all its imperfections and tries to illumine human ignorance so the human life can be elevated into the divine life.” –Sri Chinmoy


Lamps and their significance.

Lamps are a symbol of Light; of illumination; of the Joy of happiness; the triumph of good or Light, over evil or darkness. On a deeper level, they signify the seeker’s yearning for the Light of all Lights, the Bliss of the Self, and the unknowable … the Absolute Supreme which illumines all that is.

Diwali: Festival of Lights


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    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Happy to hear. Great for you and a triumph for all, Sulabha. Many thanks.

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      Sulabha Dhavalikar 

      2 years ago from Indore, India

      Very nice! Thanks for your wishes, we had a very happy and pleasant Diwali.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Thanks Ruby.

      Guruji's quote is part of a longer talk on Light, but Hub Pages don't seem to like too much of this now, even if quoted. I wrote a nice informative piece of prose on Diwali but I had to remove this too, even though initially referenced.

      I'm happy that so many of my Friends seem to understand the concept of Light. In his play, The Son, based on the life of the Christ, Guruji says that Light must descend into darkness, that there is no other way to illumine darkness. ... so the Christ came, if you like, to dispel darkness.

      I'm back home. Some problems with the train, so missed my worship. So I'll go and sit down to meditate, to be in harmony with my brothers and sisters. Give me 40 mins. Much Love.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love Sir Chinmoy's quote. '' Ode to the light " is beautiful and informative to we westerners.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Yes, in a sense a bit like our Christmas, yet different. Some say that The Bhagavad Gita is like our New Testament. Again, like Diwali, it is also quite different, but essentially Light or Love carries the same message of inner equipoise, serenity, of Peace, Silence ...

      Thank you so much, Rasma, Happy Diwali to you!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Happy Diwali my friend. Sounds like a wonderful celebration.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Great to know, thanks, Teacher Alicia. I can see you doing a great job!

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Happy Diwali, Manatita. Thank you for once again sharing some beautiful imagery and some interesting facts. I think that Diwali is a lovely festival. There are a lot of Sikh students in the school where I teach. We celebrate the festival in some way every year.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Thanks Marlene.

      You're learning fast! So right!

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      2 years ago from USA

      The Indian culture is rich with love, beauty, and respect for the universe. This is a beautiful tribute.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Thank you Chitrangada, thank you. Sai bless you too. Om Shanti!!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      What a pleasant surprise and what a beautiful poem!

      Thank you for this nice gesture of wishing Happy Diwali to all the Indian friends. I am glad to know that you are aware about the significance of this festival called Diwali.

      The Diwali spirit is still on here and it will continue for few more days. It is that time of the year when we meet our family and friends, celebrate , make merry , spread happiness and there is so much positivity all around.

      Thanks for sharing this and also mentioning my name here! It really made me smile.

      A Very Happy And Prosperous Diwali to you and your family!

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Hey thank you my Japanese Doll. I'm so late this morning, must rush...

      Ah Venkatachariji, you are so wise. Blessings from within. Om Shanti!

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      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks a lot, Manatita, Nellieanna, Surabhi. All of you understand the real essence of Light and described it so beautifully in these comments. The ultimate goal is the Realisation and the physical display of these lights is to spread Love, brotherhood, and awareness among people.

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      Surabhi Kaura 

      2 years ago

      You see the progress, my Dear? From one million to one trillion candles (smile). Only a Seer-Poet can write this masterpiece.

      Wow! Beautifully dedicated to all of us. I could hear "Om Jai Jagdish Hare" while reading your beautiful poem. Infinite Gratitude.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Thank you, my Sweet. Light is illumination and as such synonymous with Love. They seem to know this intuitively. Yet many use it as we do at Christmas for obtaining boons or gifts, amidst lots of fanfare.

      There is, however, the Dispeller of Darkness principle; Good over evil, whether it's Rama against Ravana, or Sri Krishna vs someone else. Even our Christ, perhaps vs the powerful men in Habits and leaders in princely robes.

      Yet the inner longing is present and there is a much greater understanding of the Realisation of the Self and the Light of all Lights which is indeed Brahman or the Absolute Sat, Chit, Ananda ... Existence, Consciousness and Bliss. So happy that you know this. In that spirit, my Nellieanna, Happy Divali to you! Hari Om

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      2 years ago from TEXAS

      Beautiful. I've only recently become aware of Diwali from friends on Facebook who are celebrating it and posting about it.

      I wish all a "Happy Diwali" and a deeper reverence, understanding and appreciation for Light, which it celebrates.

      What immediately occurs to me in this regard is that Light is the essential requirement for and basis of Life. All who honor Life and love all we are privileged to experience as living creatures do instinctively give honor and respect to Light, as being intrinsic to its very creation.

      It is obvious that people of India give beautiful attention to the celebration of Light called Diwali! What a marvelous celebration! I so enjoyed the video you included!

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Perhaps they need the writings of Ramakrishna ... Vivekananda. The goal is always progress ... self-transcendence... if I did 2. 50 mins in a marathon three weeks ago, and 2. 40 mins today, then even if I lose, I have made progress.

      The outer race mirrors the inner race, which is a personal one. We try to conquer doubt, frustrations, insecurity, fear ... to go beyond ourselves ... we need the competition, but only to excel in our own individual challenge.

      Both victory and defeat; success and failure, will have their merits, yes, but ultimately they are impostors. Everything eventually becomes meaningless, except the inner race, the Bliss of the Self. Right now Greed, Attachments, Ego, Anger and Kama are the order of the day. They force government and people to behave in the way of the animal consciousness. Let us pray.

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      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, my Bro. Yes, it is PV Sindhu, the badminton player. The problem is many people think it as if our players owe them all the gold medals. They do not want to see their efforts and skills if they do not win the desired medal. As if medals are growing on trees! I do not consider winning a medal as a pre-requisite for appreciating their skills. You should see the talents and efforts put forth by them in spite of all the oddities they are facing. They should not be blamed or discouraged if they are not bringing home a medal.

      Thank you for visiting my blog and putting this nice comment and for the appreciation and the other points mentioned above.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Venkatachari M,

      I read your blog, Bro. Too many for now but I also read the one on VP Sindhu. You write like Guruji, that is to say, always trying to see and bring forward the good in people. This is a great spiritual trait, and I admire you for this. You seem also versatile in other languages. We have a disciple on our Path much much like you.

      He was perhaps the first to meet Guruji in 1964, when Guruji worked at the Indian Consulate in New York. He saw something in Guruji, but there was something else in store within his Dharma, perhaps, so he went away and came back later on. Even so he could quite easily be about 45 years as a Disciple. An Indian man.

      Your account of what we sometimes spell as Divali is quite detailed. I was succinct, but you were meticulous and careful. Hari Om!

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      Hari Prasad S 

      2 years ago from Bangalore

      Haha. Yes. Yes. Enjoy the festival of lights bro.!!!

      - hari

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Cute, Hari. Not as deep as mines but very charming, like Christmas bells and dainty babies in mangers. Ha ha. Cool, eh? We would make a great Team, Bro. Salaam!

      Thanks Bill,

      It suddenly dawned on me that this Hub is meant for all. I will redress the heading. Much Gratitude.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And may I say "Happy Diwali" to all of you, my friends, and blessings always.

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      Hari Prasad S 

      2 years ago from Bangalore

      Thank you manatita,

      Let the light dare the dark,

      Bare the reminiscent beauty,

      Spread the light of understanding and overcome resentment,

      Share the feeling of oneness and contentment,

      Reverberating in resilient heart that's wary,

      Come let's celebrate deepavali,

      and Illuminate the lovely,

      Chandeliers of love and affection.

      Happy deepavali to you and your family...

      - hari

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      VenkatachariM, a delightful comment as usual and I do appreciate the 'Wow!' effect. My deepest gratitude to you, my Brother-Friend.

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      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Wow! This is a wonderful hub. You have mentioned the essence and importance of Diwali so beautifully in your words and adored it with some poetic lines and nice images. A wonderful work.

      Thanks for dedicating such a nice hub to all of us Indian friends. It makes me much pleasant.



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