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Pujaloy (The Abode of Worship) To Tillsontitan by Manatita

Updated on November 10, 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.

A Dedication to my Friend Mary (Tillsontitan), for her innate spirituality and loving support.


Above the hills of the river Neckar,

This Heart-Temple glows with resplendent Light.

The silent morn awakes,

To a stillness enrichened by chirping birds.

Across the river, greenish buoys are visible,

Made so by the reflective light,

Bouncing of its surface from nearby homes.

Hardly a ripple is seen as the water seemingly stands still;

Exuding presence in response to the cosmic call.

From where I stand, I feel the rhythm of harmony,

And I’m filled with Delight.

All seems sacred at this hour!

Zephyrs enchant my Spirit;

I am stunned by the joyful thrill of my inner Citadel,

And shed tears in the sacred alcove of my Soul.

Waves of bliss engulf me, as a deeper Energy,

Takes hold of my indrawn breath.

As such, an Inner Pilot now governs my very core.


Not so long ago,

I was sitting inside the Sanctum of the Temple.

The translucent flames that stabbed at my Spirit then,

Evoked seeds of contemplation,

Furnaces of fiery Love within the Soul.

Now, from without the marbled walls

Of this sacred Sanctuary.

I stumble drunkenly in stupor,

Reel as if intoxicated by the wine of Heaven.

Sweet Lover, You that beckon me from the Great Unknown,

Cascade, like roses, this blissful Light.

Let it float and dance into the vastness,

As radiant as the Sun!

Emanating a sweet and lustrous glow,

Into the heart of all Your lovers,

To grant us Peace.

-Manatita. (Bard of Solace) 8th November, 2014. © Copyrighted.

~ Awakening The Light Within ~

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    • Nellieanna profile image

      Nellieanna Hay 

      2 years ago from TEXAS

      Yes, you're right. What matters is service to God with one's life.

      From whence comes anyone's 'light' is not unlike other so-called individual 'differences' which turn out to be slight when the 'whole' is considered.

      No need to say anything other than what your heart led you to say, and which I appreciate and value. I spoke more openly than I habitually do in the area of belief. It was sincere and authentic and it solicited neither agreement nor censure. Response is of value to me. We learn from each other if we are able to share from our own hearts, as well as our responses to others' thoughts.

      Hugs and love.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Thank you, my Sweet.

      You are my friend and I put you so high up, either because I know or felt what you are telling me a long time ag0. Actually, some of the things you do come purely from the Spirit! President Gorbachev was said not to believe in God, but he opened up Russia to world views and beliefs.

      Sri Chinmoy liked him so much! They met and wrote to each other a great deal, as did Nelson Mandela and Mother Theresa.

      Ultimately, it does not matter who is really doing something for God... who is being used as a conduit for the Divine. It is still a victory for you and I, and Alan Watts is a giant among them. I've seen so many of his videos and some other supremely talented individuals have shared platforms with him.

      Frankly speaking, I do not know that I can say anything to you, other than perhaps, that both Silence and soulful service are necessary. But then you do both. Higher blessings, my Sweet.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      2 years ago from TEXAS

      I'm interested in things of the spirit and of truth rather than things of 'belief' which seem to require accepting one view above all others and, therefore, denouncing all others. So I don't wear a label much, nor am much drawn to them. I 'see' and 'hear' what needs no label unless people need them to decide who they do or do not approve. As you say "they do not know that my Heart is all-inclusive and as vast as the Universe". To me that is at least the size of God's realm and it is like trying to enclose God in a small box to attempt to squash one's concept of It-All into a label or a 'belief', though believing is involved in faith, which is much more comprehensive.

      I've spent considerable time in study of the Bible and of some other religions and their founders and leaders, both formally and on my own. And I'm a long-time admirer of Alan Watts, whose works express both some Buddhist and some Christian principles he's lived. I went through an extensive period of reading all his writings. Now he's made many videos and I sometimes view some of them. He's very inspiring and also makes sense. Here's an example: The Secret of Life -

      Still, I seem to do best with studying till I'm satisfied that I understand & then internalizing the truths I've found into my own soul & life-view, rather than being a constant follower of some person other than the God of the Universe and Beyond. I don't claim to 'know' it all, except for my own faith which I can express in a very few words: There is no problem.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Actually, my Sweet, There are really great Christian classics. Some try to pin me down; others say I'm a Buddhist; still others have condemned me to Satan. They do not know that my Heart is all-inclusive and as vast as the Universe.

      So back to the classics. Apart from Thomas Merton, Paul Brunton wrote A Search in Secret India. Tomas A Kempis wrote The Imitation of Chist; Brother Laurence wrote The Practice of the Presence of God. All available on Amazon and not large at all. Sadhu Sundar Singh wrote At The Feet of The Master and then there is The Way of The Pilgrim, one of my favourites.

      There are many Christian classics and The Theresa's lead the way: St Theresa of Avila ....Meister Eckhart is more recent, a German Mystic as is Hildegard and Therese Newmann. 'Nuff for now. Much Love.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      2 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah! Why am I not surprised? :)

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Yes, I know of him. A truly great man. Have read some of his books including Seeds of Contemplation and More Seeds of Contemplation. More later. Much Love.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      2 years ago from TEXAS

      This is lovely, Manatita. I’d loved to have seen more of the interior of and the view from Pujaloy. But I loved what was shown and the music was most pleasant. Thank you.

      Your question about what it’s like to be in Silent Reflecton in a Sacred Building intrigues me, bringing me back to an experience in such a place. First, I must mention that much of my life has been spent relatively in silence, not due to a building set aside for it but in a state-of-being and circumstances for it, so I feel the reflectiveness of being in that state almost naturally, though I never feel cut off by either solitude or silence and am comfortable among others.

      Then in the early 1970s, I had friends who were master potters. They’d been commissioned to make holy vessels for the Trappist monastery of the Abbey of Gethsemane in Kentucky, near Bardstown. They had made many such vessels for it over the years. I was living in Louisville and was invited to go with them when they delivered the current vessels.

      This was the monastery where Thomas Merton lived about half of his life, first as a novice monk starting in 1941 after living a secular life till then. He was born in 1915 in France and died in Thailand in 1968 on a rare venture outside the Abbey where he’d lived about half of his life in the Abbey.

      He’d been ordained to the priesthood as Father Louis in 1949. Over the years he’d become a major writer and poet, as well as a social activist and student of comparative religion and he was a strong proponent of interfaith understanding. He wrote more than 70 books during his life.

      His life itself is amazing. I’d read some of his work. In fact, I have a small book of his in my hand, “Thoughts In Solitude”. He says that internal solitude is necessary in bringing every life to joyous fruition. He contrasts a non-communicative silence as being dead compared to a silence which communicates with others and with God non-verbally as being alive and vital.

      So I could feel his influence in the place, though all the monks there were working silently out in the fields, growing their food, and inside living their faith in its vital and powerful impressiveness (to me).

      So - Gethsemane was and is the one silent monastery, entirely self—sufficient, which I’ve experienced. Though I’m not Catholic, the spirit and beauty of the silent place was simply visceral. I was awed and it left a lasting impression on me.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from london

      Most assuredly, my sweet friend Deb. Higher blessings.

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      And the closer we get, peace and solitude whisper to us.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from london

      Done especially for you, this One. The more I read the more I feel that I've transcended myself.

      Much gratitude for your sweet, soulful, loving and sincere contribution. In Love and Light.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Inner peace and spirituality exude from this poem. I am so very honored that my name is attached to such a wonderful work of art. You are a master of the spiritual word Manatita and you lead us to reflection.

      The answer to your question do I like it? Very much. Peaceful and beautiful. Om Shanti.

      Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from london

      Thanks bro.

      I recited Poesia Cantata 2, this very night. A friend told me that my poetry was very 'deep.' He suggested that I give out printed copies before I start. He said that it took a while to absorb the words. What are your thoughts?

      Thanks for your continued support, my buddy. Much peace.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      4 years ago from Reno NV

      Your words give me great peace. These gifts you provide could only be provided by your pen. Your friend. Jamie

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from london

      Gracias, my amigo. Dios le bendiga y Acompane. God bless and accompany you. Siempre! Always!

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      Victor W. Kwok 

      4 years ago from Hawaii

      Another splendid work, Manatita!

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from london

      Thank you so much my sweet Gypsy, for such a loving sentiment. Much Peace.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Beautiful poetic words that wove a magical tapestry.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from london

      Thank You, my Sweet.

      So good of you to say this. Missing the caribbean sunshine. Kind of cold here now. Taking my D's. Also, I would probably start slowing down here. Too many e-mails and it's also about time that I brought out a book of poetry. This will take time to put together.

      I am thinking of headings or themes like 'Hope, Love, Despair, Fortitude, Sonnets, Haiku's ...... I have done them all. Also, do you like the name 'Blossoms of The Heart; Wings of Infinity or Raindrops From Heaven? Share your thoughts.

      How's your mom? Love always.


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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      This one belongs among the most touching you have written. Beautiful!

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from london

      Thank you so much, Eddy. Hope that you are well. Gratitude. In Love and Light.

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      4 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant work here and voted up.


    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from london

      Thank You. Cathedrals of old used to have this feeling. Modern ones, including St. Paul's and Westminster Abbey in London, are extremely beautiful, but tourist are really visitors, and generally interested in scenery and history.

      I came from a purely devotional place. It's only used for prayer and meditations, and even the outside feels peaceful. Thank you so much, my Sweet and wonderful Friend, Ruby.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I have never been inside a temple, your beautiful words took me there.....

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from london

      Yes, my Bro, Saqib You feel it, I think.

      This is the state in which I yearn to be, free from the trappings of the Ego, and alive to the serenity of The Supreme. Alaikum Assalaam!

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      4 years ago from HYDERABAD PAKISTAN

      Great words, harmonious and peaceful.

      God is great indeed.

      Salaams and Regards

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from london

      Thank You, Dana.

      So good of you to appreciate my work! My sincere gratitude for your input here. Much peace.

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      Dana Tate 

      4 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Beautiful poem, I love the words you chose they flowed as smooth as a flowing brook. Thank you for sharing this masterpiece. Voted up! shared! awesome!

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from london

      Sincere gratitude. You're very quick.

      Much love.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Beautiful words woven into a magnificent tapestry. Loved it!


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