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Songs of the Soul. Wednesday's Inspiration 2, to my Dear Friend Ruby Jean Richert. Happy Birthday!

Updated on February 26, 2020
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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.

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From time immemorial, ancient Seers have left us a legacy of beautiful or sublime words, that sing or resonate in the soul. We find them in our hour of need and they prove to be of real solace or comfort to us, adding Light, awakening, illumination or Beauty to elevate our weary Spirit … to reach the Heart.

Beauty is the inner and outer expression of the soul. When we see beauty, such as in the innocent smile of a child, or a garden of spring-flowers, we are thrilled within and the Heart stirs in silence.

Swans gliding gracefully on a serene lake, or a fine beach of crystal-clear waters and smooth sand, enhance our inner beauty. Nature by virtue of its magnificence, also augments our inner cheerfulness and joy.

The Heart is the eternal realm of beauty. The Heart is the shrine and the soul is the deity within the shrine. When one is centered within, earth itself, becomes a field of beauty.

I'm enclosing just a tiny fraction of Sri Chinmoy's immortal writings. Hope you find them useful.


Wisdom From Sri Chinmoy

“The law of Karma is one thing

And the divine grace is another.


Grace can nullify,

Grace can illumine,

Grace can expedite,

Grace can multiply –

Of Course,

If you believe in Grace!”


Is the fastest speed

Of the searching mind.


Is the fastest speed

Of the aspiring heart.


Is the fastest speed

Of the serving life.”

“God is desperately


For devotion-hearts.”

“My devotion

Surprisingly makes

My mind beautiful.”

“My devotion

Spontaneously makes

My heart sweet.”

“To manifest God’s Light

Here on earth,

A oneness-heart

Is everything.”


Is another name for confidence.”

“The age-old discovery --

Forgiveness, forgiveness, forgiveness,

Is the only real way to happiness.”


“There is only one thing that was, is and ever shall be

And that is Love. The Love that creates, the Love that

Nourishes and the Love that sustains, God’s universe.”

“It is an exceptional privilege,

To have the beauty of a serene mind,

The purity of a loving Heart

And the divinity of a humble life.”

“My love of God has no need of heaven’s bliss,

For my love of God itself,

Is the highest bliss.”

“Be kind, be all sympathy,

For each and every human being,

Is forced to fight against himself.”

“That which has to be rejected, we reject.

That which has to be transformed, we transform.

That which has to be transcended, we transcend.

In order to transcend, two things are necessary:

Personal effort and God’s Grace.”


“Never worry about what you cannot change.”

"Life’s perfection-road is very long,

But the journey is richly rewarding.”

“O bible, the Saviour has taken away my sins,

Will you not take away, my little, little worries at least?”

“My Lord does not ask me for my mind’s brilliance.

He only asks me for my Heart’s radiance.”

“God descends from above,

To treasure my Heart and not my house.”

“The most beautiful thing on Earth,

Is man’s gratitude to the Supreme, to God,

To the divinity in humanity.

This is the beauty unparallel

And it will remain so, throughout eternity.”

“Only two things are to be taken seriously –

Self-discovery and God-mastery.”

“If you do not have a sense of humour,

God will not choose you to be in His safe company.”

“Try not to change the world,

You will fail.

Try to love the world, lo,

The world is changed, changed forever.”

All poems written by the visionary and illumined Seer Sri Chinmoy. 26th February, 2020.


Poem by Ruby Jean Fuller

Spring Is In The Air

The tears I left behind

Are they still moist? Or perhaps they dried in the misty chambers of emotions, yet to be defined

The rain depicting steamy shadows on my window pane inside

The day is dark and drab, alerting my muse to seasonal depression and the terror of watching my two worlds collide

Ah spring is just over the horizon, and I can feel it in the air

Buds emerging, birds singing, Bunnies hopping happily as they wander from their lair

My beautiful magnolia tree in full bloom, white blossoms soaking up the misty rain

They seem to be singing that old plea refrain

Rain, rain go away

Come back another day

I must admit my thought's are in tune with my sorrowful magnolia tree

Warm sunshine filling up my senses, feeling completely carefree

My psyche reminds me I've weathered many storms in the distant past

My muse ( Shane ) whispers " Don't forget They never, never last. "

Happy Birthday, Ruby


For Your Birthday. Happy Soul's Day!

I rather like this poem of Ruby's. Tells me about her beauty, her grief … sense of immense loss and again of hope and promise; the joy of life; a respect and gratitude for all that God has given her … the sacredness of life.

I have known Ruby Fuller (Always Exploring) for some time here on Hub Pages and she is a very dear friend of mines. Now Ruby Jean Richert is an even dearer friend. She is a brilliant writer and totally awesome at Flash Fiction and other short stories. With poetry, she is a 'dark horse' like Audrey is. They don't always write very much poetry but when they do, they produce quality.

Ruby is awesome at satire, but for me, more importantly, she feels keenly the sense of injustice of modern life - like our Shauna, Ioannis ... especially for the underdogs. She feels, like Bill, a great love of her country - America, the great - and naturally bleeds for injustices in its name.

Ruby is a retired RN, like me. She is married and in her eighties and is a passionate lover of the Hub pages community. She loves music and is an ardent fan of Michael Jackson, Elvis and I believe Tina Turner also. These days, I see Tina doing a lot of work with children in the field of mindfulness and spirituality and Ruby is loyal and devoted to our Lord in a similar way.

God bless you for your birthday, Ruby. May you continue to be blessed … may the soul's Light continue to permeate your conscious life … may the effulgent moon kiss your sweet Heart and continue to decorate your life of beauty. Glory Be! Alleuyia!

Ruby, like some others here, is what I would call a true patriot in the mold of a Lincoln, Washington or Jefferson. We all serve in different ways, true, but I rather suspect that God ultimately looks at the Heart and Ruby has a very loving Heart.

Like me, Pamela and Peggy, she has demonstrated this many times in the field of nursing and service to humanity. Her Hubs indicate a love or affinity with the black cause for justice and other dis-possessed or underprivileged people of colour.

Words of solace

How comforting do you find them?

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© 2020 manatita44


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  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    17 months ago from london

    Thank you, Manju.

    So happy you came, my spiritual sister. om Shanti!

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    Manju lata 

    17 months ago from Ambala City

    What a beautifully mentioned about the spiritual,natural and physical beauty's combination.This article shows the beauty of writer's mind .

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    17 months ago from london

    An exquisite comment, Dee.

    I treasure this. Hari Om!

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    Dora Weithers 

    17 months ago from The Caribbean

    Manatita, I appreciate these intimate looks at the beautiful HP icons you select. Ruby is so deserving of this tribute, and both of show good craftmanship in your verses.

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    17 months ago from london

    Thank you, Alicia.

    Ever the seeking mind. I really like you for this! You are prepared to look at what's out there with an open mind, like the Sri Chinmoy quotes, for example.

    Thank you and for your sentiment as a whole to Ruby and I.

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    Linda Crampton 

    17 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

    This is a lovely tribute to Ruby, Manatita. I missed her birthday. I hope she had a very happy day. The Sri Chinmoy quotes are thought-provoking and Ruby's poem is very interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    17 months ago from london


    Lots of Feb birthday's. I have done more this year than other years. Including mines and London poet friends.

    I just guessed Ruby's right and again, one's never late for birthday's. Thank you so much for your kind sentiments to Ruby.

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    17 months ago from Carson City

    It seems I'm always late for the party! Hope there's cake left! "Happy Birthday," dear Ruby girl. I wish you many many more! Cheers, Paula

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    17 months ago from london

    My pleasure! El gusto es mio


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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    17 months ago from Southern Illinois

    Thanks everyone! I like that " ageing with grace " Thanks for the beautiful card Manatita.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    17 months ago from london

    I like that Moses: 'Ageing with grace is what you shall face.'

    Here's another: Old age is a new page. (Cool, eh?)

    Thanks Peggy. It's her day and I totally concur, but you're a jewel too. Never forget it! Jewel is also my mother's name. Really.

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    17 months ago

    You did well Manatita. She really deserves to be celebrated. Happy birthday. Ageing with grace is what you shall face.

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    Peggy Woods 

    17 months ago from Houston, Texas

    I wished our dear Ruby a happy birthday earlier, and somehow I missed this lovely tribute written by you for her. She is a jewel and many of us on HubPages are blessed by her presence.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    17 months ago from london

    So sweet of you to say so, Sha

    May our Lord continue to bless us all and thank you for this wonderful sentiment for Ruby here. Lots of Love.

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    Shauna L Bowling 

    17 months ago from Central Florida

    Happy Birthday, Ruby! Your beautiful heart will keep you going well beyond your eighties.

    Manatita, once again you've selflessly shone the light on a dear friend who deserves to be celebrated.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    17 months ago from london

    Thanks Nell.

    A lovely sentiment! Appreciations!


    Thank you. She seems quite active, so no reason why not. Appreciations.

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    Nell Rose 

    17 months ago from England

    How lovely this is! What a great Birthday gift for our Ruby! And a Happy Birthday Ruby!

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    Eric Dierker 

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

    Ruby is cool! Happy Birthday Ruby. I see many more in your future. Thanks for always being so supportive.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    17 months ago from london

    Thank you, Pamela.

    Like Master, like Disciple.

    Your loving sentiments to Ruby is noted and appreciated. Much Love.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    17 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Ruby is alwas such a delight! I hope her birthday is very special. The poetry is all beautiful and Sri Chinmoy's seem to speak of peace. This is a lovely tribute to Ruby on her birthday, Manaita.

    Happy Birthday Ruby!

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    17 months ago from london

    Ahh … take some sunshine from Bill, or let's visualise Dora in the beautiful Island of St Kitts with coconut palms, lots of flora and fauna and warm beaches. Ha ha.

    Now rain is said to be a blessing sometimes, so you can really celebrate in church. Lovely!!

    I found the poem easily enough and it felt right to put it up. Gratitude.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    17 months ago from london

    Thanks Lorna. These - apart from Ruby's - are all from the visionary seer Sri Chinmoy. There are more like Psalms/Beatitudes/Sutras/Slokas … designed from the inner experience of the Seer, to assist the yearning soul. Thank you so much for your kind sentiments to Ruby.


    Indeed! She's very deserving! Gratitude!

    Thank you, Eiddwen.

    Life happens, what can we do? I have remembered your love, though. Peace.

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    Lorna Lamon 

    17 months ago

    A beautiful collection of poems Manatita and a wonderful tribute to Ruby on her birthday. Happy Birthday Ruby.

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    Devika Primić 

    17 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Ruby is a wonderful person I envoy reading her work. She is talented and so deserves your write up.

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    17 months ago from Southern Illinois

    What a lovely birthday present you have given me! Thank you. You had to dig deep to find that old poem. Thanks to everyone who has wished me a happy birthday. This is Ash Wednesday, so will be celebrating at church. It is snowing here. Please summertime arrive early...

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    17 months ago from Wales

    A truly beautiful creation of words to a truly beautiful lady inside and out. I am so glad I made the decision to come back to you all on here. Thank you for sharing this gem with us.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    17 months ago from london

    Thank You, Rosina.

    So glad you like it. A nice sentiment to Ruby.

    Hi Bill,

    Classy indeed! Definitely loving too. Peace.

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    Rosina S Khan 

    17 months ago

    A wonderfully crafted special tribute to Ruby on her birthday. Happy Birthday to Ruby! Good work, Manatita!

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    Bill Holland 

    17 months ago from Olympia, WA

    A very classy and loving woman deserves a very classy and loving tribute. Happy Birthday Ruby and Manatita, a job well done!

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    17 months ago from london

    Nice pic. It is in a 'good space' one with much Light. Hari Om!

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    John Hansen 

    17 months ago from Gondwana Land

    The first time I have been called charismatic..thank you lol.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    17 months ago from london

    Gratitude, my Brother.

    I see you have a new look. You now look much younger and more charismatic.

    Thank you for your kind sentiments to Ruby.

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    John Hansen 

    17 months ago from Gondwana Land

    A loving tribute to a good friend and special person in Ruby. Happy Birthday Ruby! Good job bro.


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