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The Tie and the Handkerchief -A Short Play

Updated on May 21, 2017
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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.

Quote From a Seer

“Humility is not a matter of touching the feet of somebody, no. It is something that has to be shared with the rest of the world. It is the God-life within us. The higher we go, the greater is our promise to the Supreme in mankind. The more light we receive by virtue of our humility, the more we have to offer to mankind.”-Sri Chinmoy.

Tie and Handkerchief


Act 1, Scene 1

(Sick at home)

Shaynani crawls out of bed desperately. He feels really rough as he reaches for his handkerchief in the side pocket of his shower-proof jacket, and sneezes loudly. He has awoken with a very bad cold, but somehow he has to get to work. He feels better for sneezing; goes to the mirror and checks out himself. Then he performs his morning ablutions, starts getting dressed and reaches for his brand new and vibrant blue tie.

Shaynani is totally in love with his new tie. Blue is his favourite colour and somehow he always feels better whenever he wears a blue tie. Today he feels far from being himself, and the smartness and vibrancy of this cute addition to his attire, cheers him no end. Once more he sneezes, coughs into the handkerchief, and places it back into his side pocket. He is just about ready to head out of the house.

Act 1, Scene 2.

(Private conversation between the tie and the handkerchief)

Tie: “O handkerchief! I’m so much greater than you are! Look at me! Can you see how smart I look? My master loves me, for I’m his most favourite tie!”

Handkerchief: “O tie! What can I say? You’re great, no doubt. But I am good. For me greatness is no match for goodness. I soothe my master’s aches; gets rid of the toxins from within his nostrils...

Tie: “So what? It is I that gives him value; it is because of me that he is usually praised and admired.”

Handkerchief: “So true, o tie. You are in the public eye, while I try to be meek and hide in my master’s pocket. Still, I’m always ready to comfort him when he is tearful, or weepy from unrequited love.”


Act 2, Scene 1:

(They both see a sudden burst of effulgent Light as God walks into the room. He is dressed in long flowing robes, wears a crown on his head and waves a magical Sceptre before them, smilingly. Startled, the handkerchief bows before God humbly and pays his respect.)

Tie: My Lord, so glad that you’re here. Now tell me, who is greater between us two. I am usually the envy of my master’s friends, and a deserving catalyst for the praise he gets among both men and women. His handkerchief is also hiding. Dirty, smelly and pretty crinkled too, he never ventures out and is not seen, unless by my master’s consent.

God: “O tie, the handkerchief is greater. He is greater because he is not only humble but also good. Being hidden in his case is an advantage, as it allows him the freedom to practice his humility unseen. Being in the public eye is a disadvantage, as it makes you boastful and full of pride. Humility is a virtue, and one should be as humble as a blade of grass.

A tree, when it is laden, bows down and offers its fruits to mankind; the sun shines on the rich and poor alike without comparison and mother earth, even while being trampled upon, continues to yield and produce wealth even in all her suffering.”

Tie bows and prostrates at God’s feet.

Tie: “So sorry, my Lord. Now I know. Humility brings forward our positive qualities; humility allows us to become one with others; humility allows us to serve God in aspiring mankind.”

God: “You have re-discovered this perennial truth. I’m so proud of you.”

“When we become really humble, we offer more of our capacity, divinity and reality. Only by becoming humble can we become what we truly are. We become of greater use, of greater help to mankind.”- Sri Chinmoy.

Tie to handkerchief: “Please accept my humble apology. I now see that humility is Oneness. Oneness with you; oneness with others so as to give joy to God; to the Universe at large. Forgive me.” (To God) “Glory be!”

Act 2, Scene 2.

(God smiles, blesses them all, and then ascends into heaven. He is greeted by Buddha, Rama, Krishna and others. They smile, and then all merge into a dazzling Light. The voice of Silence sings; proclaiming yet again, the victory of the Supreme).

O Piercing Ray

“O piercing ray!
Do pierce this body of clay.
O illuming light!
Do illumine this life of night.”- Sri Chinmoy.

_Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. Copyrighted, 18th May, 2017.

~ Awakening The Inner Light ~

An Adaptation from one of my Guruji Sri Chinmoy's plays.

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    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      11 months ago from london

      All you have to do is click on the Hubbers name and scroll down. All his work will show starting from the most recent. Here is a link anyway:

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      Ryan Jarvis Cornelius 

      11 months ago from Hollywood Florida

      No, I havent. Send me the link to it.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      11 months ago from london

      I dedicated a Hub to you. Haven't you seen it? It is very recent, perhaps two before the last. Your name is there anyway. Happy New Year and much Peace.

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      Ryan Jarvis Cornelius 

      11 months ago from Hollywood Florida

      Great. Hard to believe I am just reading this wonder piece. This is great.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      To true, Shauna.

      Too true. Thank you so much!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      Story-telling is a great way to teach a lesson, or present an issue in a different light. That's what fables and folklore are all about.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Thank you so much, Ruby.

      This was my second play here. Can't remember the name of the first. You like the message,, eh? Cool! Thank you!

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This was a joyful read. I felt the message in my heart. I hope you write more in this genre. Your talent knows no boundaries!!!!

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Yes, my Dear Alicia.

      A very effective way indeed! Thank you so much!!

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your play is a creative and very effective way to share a message, Manatita.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london


      Thank you so much! Welcome here, my Friend.


      Yes. Writing on Pride (ego) and humility is never straight-forward. I always say that I express the moods of the Soul. We really are not so different and sometimes things gel with some of us. Appreciations.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Humility is such a touchy issue. You certainly got the message across. Thanks for that story.

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      Wick Kamanda 

      2 years ago

      That was a great piece with a refined insight

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Yes, I've read it. It is a problem with attachment. Some don't know that one can be attached to being good, as well as the 'normal' attachments. So this guy had two problems: attachments and pride (ego). It is a nice story.

      My story came from one of the books of Sri Chinmoy and I embellished it. All God-men use parables, although in India they act out many of them as plays. Then they become rather like seeing a Jesus of Nazareth in the movies. So beautiful!!

      I grew up in Christianity, by the way. My Heart was on fire (spiritual fervour) as a child. So my calling was meant to be this way. Thank you so much!

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      Linda Lum 

      2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Manatita - I truly enjoyed your story--I think stories are most instructive. Are you familiar with this parable told by Jesus, it is in Luke 18:9-14 --

      To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

      13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

      “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Thank you, Elijah. very wise Tao saying. I like it. Peace be with you and yours, Bro. Appreciations.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      2 years ago from Washington DC

      My families all man, much love to us. LOL

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Indeed, Venkatachari ji. Not an easy one. We try ... we try... Much Love to you and family.

    • The0NatureBoy profile image

      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      2 years ago from Washington DC

      Just Yesterday I received a Text from a friend quoting the Tao which reads; " the Master, by residing in the Tao sets an example for all beings. Because he doesn't display himself people can see his light. Because he has nothing to prove, people can trust his words. Because he doesn't know who he is, people recognize themselves in him. Because he has no goal in mind, everything he does succeeds. When the ancient Masters said, 'if you want to be given everything, give everything up,' they weren't using empty phrases. Only by being lived by Tao can you be truly yourself."

      Your play is saying the very same thing, which is also the nature of what I'm saying when I say "bless" means to "be less than civilized" by living ecologically.

      Well said.


    • Venkatachari M profile image

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      A Very beautiful message, Manatita. You have conveyed it so nicely through this awesome story. Humbleness is a great virtue that is very difficult to possess. Ego and pride always try to topple the human being and it requires much self-control to be humble under all circumstances.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Ha ha. A life long experience Bro. So many teachers including pets as well as ties and handkerchiefs. :) Thank you so much!!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very enjoyable, my friend. I like to think that I learn humility daily, although I suspect that is not the fact. :)

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Indeed Ann , indeed.

      Thank you so much!!

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      A fun way of conveying a message!


    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Well hello, my Dear Marlene.

      I heard that you had some problems. Was it computer or the car? Good to see you, my Dear. Much Love.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      2 years ago from USA

      I really enjoyed your story. It is a reminder to me that being humble is a valuable trait - one I need to practice every day.


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