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Ode to Adversity by Manatita

Updated on July 25, 2014
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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.


An Inspiration. May be easier to reflect on the piece

"Behind all shadows of adversity
There is prosperity.
Wait and see!
Beauty's Infinity,
Infinity's Beauty
Will clasp you behind all shadows
Of adversity-night."- Sri Chinmoy

O Goddess of Blight, o Lover of the Light,

Out of the furnace of your clay-cavern,

I have emerged a crystal vase.

Immersed in a smouldering of infirmities,

It was You who caressed my longings,

Re-fashioned my focus, and transformed my ails,

Into a sweetened paradise.

Beloved, I know now,

That You approved of my condition,

And enfolded me in a chasm of darkness-night.

With the vigilance of Love,

You watched over me day and night.

As I lost the will to be resolute,

And my hope diminished,

I saw You enfolding and lifting me with pride.

Yon angels chanted, “Alleluia!”

And the celestial bugles resonated in my Spirit.

Who can equal Your supreme mercy?

You gave me limited freedom,

A most gracious boon which I abused, and yet,

This lily white; munificent heart of Ruth,

Pulled me by that unseen,

Yet blessed cord of deliverance.

Infusing me with Your copious Love,

You granted me sweet tranquillity and perfect joy.

Beloved, I see Your divine sport,

Dancing in the shadows as it does in Light.

Blowing away the cobwebs,

From an otherwise pristine Spirit.

I now cry through this struggle, with the fruits of Love supreme.

-Manatita. (Bard of Solace). Copyrighted. 21st July, 2014.

On Afflictions

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      4 years ago from london

      Thank You, Harishprasad, for your sincere, loving and kind sentiment. Much gratitude.

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      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Very profound words ! Ode to Adversity is a wonderful creation. There is a purpose of everything and each adversity is a great teacher. Our setbacks lead us to victories and there is much grace in it. I love your beautiful words. Brother, keep sprinkling nectar. Voted up and shared.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from london

      So true, Deb.

      I thought that you had visited this Hub before. So good to see you. Have a peaceful weekend by the Master's Grace.

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Another winner by the Bard. If there was no adversity, we would succumb to boredom.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from london

      Thank you, my friend. Really appreciated. God bless.

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      Victor W. Kwok 

      4 years ago from Hawaii

      Very wise and beautiful. Thank you for this masterpiece, Manatita.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from london

      Good to see you, my kindred spirit.

      Was thinking of you today, so good to see you. Much love and gratitude. Stay blessed.

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      Kukata Kali 

      4 years ago

      Divine piece this is! Through the forge; a new heart, mind and spirit indeed. Another opportunity to vibe up :)

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      Taiwo Kareem 

      4 years ago from Salford


    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from london

      Correct, Bro. Good to see you once more. An exquisite description. God bless this Sunday.

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      Taiwo Kareem 

      4 years ago from Salford

      it is all true. Adversity brings out the best in us just like gold is purified by passing through fire

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from london

      Thank you so much, Ruby.

      If I remember rightly, you've had your fair share. Know that my spirit is with you - God's you surely have - loving thoughts this Sunday.

      Ms Dora -Yes, My sweet.

      There seem to be a unanimous decision here with this one. Crystal vase, indeed! Plus Job's indomitable will. A much valued contribution. I wish you God's continuous love this Sunday evening. Thoughts for your mom also.

      P.p.S. Please forgive me.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is one more of your very best. We all experience afflictions, yet we keep searching for that pristine spirit. This is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing your words with us.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Yes, adversity shapes us; just ask the "crystal vase." It also empowers us to dance in both the shadows and the light. A magnificent job--this ode to adversity. Thanks for sharing such deep, inspirational, illuminating thoughts.

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      Taiwo Kareem 

      4 years ago from Salford

      Have a wonderful weekend as well Manatita

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from london

      You speak with much clarity here, Faith.

      As I say in the poem: Alleluia! Let us give Him the glory.

      'Nough' respect for your noble contribution. Much peace to the family this beautiful morning and week-end.

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Wonderful Ode here on adversity. Adversity builds character and does shape us into the person He sees in us we can be, without it ... most would never call upon Him, and we would miss out on that wonderful and intimate relationship with Him. We are being refined when the heat of trials of this life are upon us, those impurities that we want to hold onto are released each time. I am glad He is not through with me yet!

      Voted up ++++ and away

      Blessings always

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from london

      Taiwo, you are a true fan. My deepest gratitude to you, Bro. Much peace this weekend.

      Billy, thanks a million! Yes, I believe so, too. God bless you and Bev, always. Peace.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautiful work my friend. Does adversity shape us? I believe so, and I'm grateful for it. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Taiwo Kareem 

      4 years ago from Salford

      You never cease to amaze me with your choice of words. It always neatly woven and flows so easily


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