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The One Who Taught Me Poetry. An Offering to My Spiritual Teacher

Updated on December 9, 2018
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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.

Wisdom from the Master

" … I wish to tell all my friends and my spiritual brothers and sisters here in Philadelphia, that inside the heart of each individual seeker, rings the Liberty Bell… This bell has been ringing from time immemorial in each individual soul, inspiring the soul to take part in God's cosmic Drama and to run fast, faster, fastest toward the destined Goal …" - Sri Chinmoy


Introduction to the Offering to my Spiritual Teacher

God is One. Some mystics say 'neti neti', 'not this', 'not that.' It is an eternal mystery. God is the perennial Entity … a divine Source or Ground, from which all else is projected into this Play of Spirit (Consciousness) or Universal Cosmos, if you like. We are all Spirit, or made in the image of God.

Nevertheless, The Absolute is with form and formless; finite and infinite; with gender and also neutral and beyond. She is said to be unspoken, unfathomable, birthless and deathless … combining the triune of omnipresence, omnipotence and omniscience. (Sat, Chit … Ananda) Existence, Consciousness … Bliss).

Jesus the Christ, is God with Form - the Spirit made manifest in a direct Incarnation … a descent of the Infinite. God the Absolute, is the same power within, the all-pervading Power, which was there before Jesus the man and always has been.

When I dedicate this poem, or give its credit to my Master, I speak not of Sri Chinmoy, the Indian man, but the same all-pervading Power, manifesting as a direct descent of the Absolute Supreme. God is a self-transcending Entity or Consciousness, which remains Itself, the 'I am That I am.'

There is nothing outside of Consciousness. You and I, all sentient and non-sentient things, are within the same eternal, or self-transcending Spirit. We are mystical and the answer lies inside the Spiritual Heart, which is not separate but within. Praise be! Alleyuia!!


The One who taught me poetry,

Hid in the illumining cavern of the soul.

Kissing my pen with eloquence, She remained

Unbounded, in the melody of Her own Silence.

I have sought Her in America;

In the winding labyrinths of Eternity.

Yet She remains timeless - like words - carving

The fire of tenderness in the Spirit.

Last night She visited my dreams,

Dressed in the most exotic silken raiment’s.

She blew upon my cheeks and smiled sweetly,

I became lost in a maze of bewildering Bliss.

The One who taught me poetry,

Came to me in a beggar’s garb.

Face filled with the Light of wisdom,

The depths of Heaven glistened in Her eyes.

Beloved, it is You who shape my shadows

And my Light, ride the winds and valleys;

Singing love-songs to the cypress,

On the breath of each awakening dawn.

Aye, pleasures! Sweet desires of this body, gratitude!

For though your pinions did pierce my wings,

Love’s woven tapestry harvested through the night,

Carving a circle of rainbows in the Heart.

Thus am I able to endure; to blend

With the One who taught me poetry sublime.

Singing the songs of infinitude, let me bathe in Her

Scarlet nakedness, on Eternity’s golden thread.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 5th December, 2018.

- ~Awakening The Inner Light~

Wisdom of Kabir


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  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    2 years ago from london

    Ok, Let me go over and have a look. Gratitude, Li-Jen.

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    Li-Jen Hew 

    2 years ago

    Haha thank you, Manatita! It's alright though. You did acknowledge me. I think i am awkward with words when it comes to clearing doubts and you have enlightened me. And sorry for not responding because I assumed you were just expressing yourself when you said am I free...or maybe u were? Haha. Yes, I have more time for now. Thank you so much!

    On my page, you said something like you feel that you are responsible for your inner and outer state. What do you mean by that? Outer state especially. Body language around people?

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    2 years ago from london


    I seem to have forgotten to respond. Can't see it. You are such a sweet soul! Full of Light, innocence and charm!

    Yes, I follow the Bhakti Path (The Path of Devotion) … of Love, devotion and Surrender to the Supreme. This was the Path of The Christ, Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Krishna and many others. The Buddha is known for the Nirvanic Path -- the static Path of Bliss.

    Some souls want to rest after Realisation and God lets them. Others are hero warriors like the Buddha himself and return to serve others. Salaam!

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    2 years ago from london

    Sweet chuckle. To some they seem very deep. You like the poem Desiderata? it's one of the most soothing poems on the Internet. It encourages peace with our selves, and tells us that the universe is as unfolding as it should. It also says that many fears are born out of loneliness.

    Actually we are golden nuggets and are, or feel separated from it. Loneliness goes away when we re-disover our true Selves. Just additional notes, Linda C. I always appreciate your input.

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    Linda Crampton 

    2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    Once again you've shared some interesting ideas, Manatita. I always enjoy thinking about the points that you raise in your prose and poetry.

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    2 years ago from london

    Thanks Rajan Ji. Appreciated.

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 

    2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

    A fine tribute.

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    2 years ago from london

    Good day my sweet sister. So you have some free time? Awesome!

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    Li-Jen Hew 

    2 years ago

    Hey Manatita, your poem shows true devotion to the One. I can feel the devotion because notwithstanding the pierced wings, you are able to blend. The omnipresence is also felt: unbounded and timeless. Thanks!

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    2 years ago from london

    Hi Mrs L.

    You are correct. Like angels, perhaps there are muses, but the esoteric poet pulls directly from the Divine.

    Your last paragraph is significant and shows great understanding. It is the devotional way, a school to which I belong. We just say the same thing differently sometimes. Have a great day.

    Hi Dee.

    Gratitude. Guriji says that ultimately, ALL are acts of Grace ... that God is the only Doer. Much Love.

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    Dora Weithers 

    2 years ago from The Caribbean

    I admire your spirit of humility and gratitude in this tribute. The One who taught you poetry deserves all the praise!

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    Linda Lum 

    2 years ago from Washington State, USA

    Manatita, some artists speak of having a Muse, that which speaks to them and guides their inspiration. I don't believe in Muses, but I do know that we cannot hurry the words, the music, the stroke of the paint brush.

    The one who taught you poetry comes to you in many forms. You must be silent enough to hear, to feel, to express. Love guides you, and we are blessed.

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    2 years ago from london

    Thank you Sean. An awesome example of 'takes one to know one.'

    I see nothing else but the Light of your Heart, carrying the banner of Love to Jordan, inspiring souls ... acting as a beacon of hope along the way. Glory be!

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    2 years ago from london

    That's not what I see Chris. Baggage? The Mother is only pruning us and after all, we cannot run faster than Grace.

    You remind me of another writer here. There is an intuitive flood of Love which stabs your Consciousness, keeping you awake.

    You are sometimes very conscious of it, but the mind is still dominant and it gets pushed aside until you remember and pick it up again.

    A good man trying, like many of us in this veil of struggle, to reveal Her Light. Carry on Bro. Continue ... continue ... in a strange sort of way you are quite right.

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    Ioannis Arvanitis 

    2 years ago from Greece, Almyros

    Praise to your Spiritual Teacher who taught you poetry, and so He blessed us giving us the chance to read your gems!

    Ave to your Gem-Heart!!


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    Chris Mills 

    2 years ago from Traverse City, MI

    If the Eternal and Self-transcendent exists, then he/she slung the material universe out, infused it with all its possibilities and potential and said, "There. Now, seek not whether I exist or where it all came from or where it is going. Seek love only and you will find the reason. That I could accept maybe. But I approach it with so much baggage, it is difficult to see clearly.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    2 years ago from london

    We are quite right, but in the esoteric sense of the conversation. The Earth is the Lord's and its fullness there of and they that dwell there in it. We are made in its image and both are powerful sparks of the Divine.

    You are unique and special and have a right to be here as is your wife and children, indeed as is me.

    Sri Chinmoy once said that in the state of Realisation, all is one in Spirit. What have we to realise? We are only to re-discover our true selves … coming away from separation and back to the Divine … our true Home.

    I thank you, though. I'm only expressing what you have elucidated so well. Peace, my Brother.

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    Eric Dierker 

    2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    I was just pondering. An ocean and a continent or two away we connect in love. Cool internet with words. But I do reckon that in love we connected decades ago. Fun to think about.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    2 years ago from london

    Well I thank you Bro.

    I feel serene indeed!!

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    Eric Dierker 

    2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Manatita this is great. I shall meditate on it today,

    I was researching the word "serenity" and this hit the mark of the "is" of the word.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    2 years ago from london

    Ah Chitrangada Ji, you understand. Thank you so much!

    My most visited poem is a tribute to Him also. It's called A Song For my Beloved. Worth reading.

    Ah Michael. How is your writings coming on? Much love, my friend. Peace.

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    Chitrangada Sharan 

    2 years ago from New Delhi, India

    Beautiful poem, full of gratitude! This one is special, since it is a tribute to your Guru, who blessed you with all the spiritual wisdom you have, and you share with others.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful tribute!

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    2 years ago

    Mazel Tov. It is a tremendous advantage knowing a teacher the one willing gladly to raise your soul and spirit high and higher into the heavenly spheres.


  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    2 years ago from london

    Yes, Mary.

    A great piece, eh? Some pieces I really love! I look at the creation and I say: Wow! Lol. Have a great evening and thanks for being first here.

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    Mary Norton 

    2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    " the melody of her own silence" Such depth of expression. I just relish the words you create.


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