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“they Have Gone Deaf to the Melody of Oneness.” an Esoteric Analysis of Manatita’s Poem.

Updated on August 17, 2019
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Sean is a teacher who is writing about his spiritual adventures to help other people find balance and self-respect.

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This world will often ask me to do its will, but only my Heart which is Your Heart, my sweet Lord, knows the way to my happiness. Therefore, to my Heart, I obey.

— Sean Dragon

Oneness…

I believe that this wonderful adventure we call "life," is the journey of seeking Knowledge. In essence, Knowledge is the conscious understanding of our oneness with God and through this, the conscious understanding of our interconnectedness with all sentient and non-sentient beings.

Yet, I think this is a journey that in fact does not stop only in this life, but every life is valuable in this quest. Every minute of every life!

In my effort to broaden and expand on this knowledge, I seek for every Lantern that could add, even a little more Light, in the darkness of my ignorance. This search has brought many blessings to my life, and one of these was my contact with the poems of my beloved - since then - brother and mentor, Manatita.

What made me pay attention to his work, from the first moment, is the Light that these poems radiate as they glorify Love and describe wonderfully this idea of Oneness.

The term Oneness appeared ‘accidentally’ in my life when I was eighteen, at a time when the faith in the God of Love began to deepen within me. It was the title of a music album by Carlos Santana, who is one of my most beloved musicians.

It finally turned out to be definite proof of this interconnectedness of All, as everything is connected with the strings of Divine Love (this is my String Theory as a Physicist). That's because I found out that Carlos Santana and Manatita have a significant nexus. They had the same teacher. The Great Guru Sri Chinmoy!

The main reason that led me to study this sublime poem of Manatita's and finally to this analysis is that I think it is an excellent "map," of how we can re-discover our connection with God. Naturally this leads to the ultimate discovery of our true Selves. I will try to reveal some inner secrets of this map, and allow you to judge the result.

Let's not delay anymore, let's travel through the poet's Heart, with the melody of Oneness, at the feet of the Divine, while enjoying this sublime masterpiece:

“They cling to You, but as on a greasy maypole,

Their fingers do not grip.

They use the mind’s brilliance;

But have forgotten the ways,

Of the Heart’s radiance.

They have gone deaf to the melody of Oneness.


O Allah, I would rather feel compassion in my Spirit,

Than give great discourses to scholars.

Of what use is talk of heaven,

When my anxieties and fears are endless?

Vanity of vanities...

Let me burn, with a supernal sweetness,

The fire that rages in every pore.


O Allah, they see a dichotomy in Your servant,

And Your Beloved Light of Truth.

What is the 'Spark' that makes them read his work?

Lantern knows that he is a slave to Thy bidding,

A mere puppet on the strands of Love;

A lost lover, searching for his Queen.


He just wants to burn, into a fire of blazing candles,

Lighting up the tarmac of the soul.

Come, O Allah. Within, without, below; above,

There are no blurs, confinements ...boundaries.

I see only You, my Beloved,

Only the dance of Delight;

Your words are a blending symphony in my core.

O my Sweetheart, I’m in the garden of ambrosial Silence;

My Heart is a field of prayer, at Your feet Divine.” -Manatita

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The Analysis

The poem has a powerful introduction, describing the root cause of our world's suffering. The way we have been taught to approach God.

“They cling to You, but as on a greasy maypole,

Their fingers do not grip.”

As if God is something outside of us and we have to hang on to Him, but without knowing how. So, no matter how much we try, we always feel that we slip away from Him.

This is happening, because we try to approach Him through the intellect, logic, forgetting that He does not fit as easily as in the purity of the child; in the sacred Heart of a God-lover. How can He fit into our minds, when His Love fills Infinity? We forget that the supreme way to approach Him is through Love; the Light that radiates from our Hearts to all creation.

“They use the mind’s brilliance;

But have forgotten the ways,

Of the Heart’s radiance.”

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We ignore Love, and we deal with the typical. We argue about who is right and who is wrong regarding things we do not even understand. So we do not hear His Voice, singing to us the sweet song of Oneness.

“They have gone deaf to the melody of Oneness.”

At this point, the poet reminds us that the first step towards Knowledge is the acceptance of our ignorance. What is the point of trying to explain with impressive expressions what our Soul still ignores? "One thing I know, that I do not know anything", as the great teacher Socrates said.

“O Allah, I would rather feel compassion in my Spirit,

Than give great discourses to scholars.

Of what use is talk of heaven,

When my anxieties and fears are endless?

Vanity of vanities ...”

Only when we let this Divine Flame of Love manifest through every fibre of our being, our very Essence, would our darkness be illumined and we become Lanterns for our brothers.

“Let me burn, with a supernal sweetness,

The fire that rages in every pore.”

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This Light will help to erase the illusion of dichotomy, the misconception that the servant is separate from the Lord.

“O Allah, they see a dichotomy in Your servant,

And Your Beloved Light of Truth.”

It will help us to note the real motivation of the Lantern's approach to God. Τhe Lantern knows that the Inner Light which is radiating to the world around, is also in him. Every moment, this Light comes from the Divine Energy that exists within and as such he understands that he is always connected to God.

Therefore, he only needs to call lovingly, like the hungry child, since the strings of Love are inseparably one with God at every moment. This sublime knowledge is the Queen for whom the Lover is searching!

“What is the 'Spark' that makes them read his work?

Lantern knows that he is a slave to Thy bidding,

A mere puppet on the strands of Love;

A lost lover, searching for his Queen.”

What a beautiful description of this quest for Knowledge that will burn the veils or shadows that kept us away from Him!

“He just wants to burn, into a fire of blazing candles,

Lighting up the tarmac of the soul.”

This is the beginning of the consciousness of Oneness, the Knowledge that we live in Him every single moment. This is the inception of the Redemption!

“He just wants to burn, into a fire of blazing candles,

Lighting up the tarmac of the soul.

Come, O Allah. Within, without, below; above,

There are no blurs, confinements ...boundaries.”

This perception purifies the illusion and the boundaries that keep us away from Him disappear. As such our hereditary right to Happiness is restored to our Soul, to our Divine core.

“I see only You, my Beloved,

Only the dance of Delight;

Your words are a blending symphony in my core.”

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Then the Fulfillment comes, the accomplishment of Satisfaction. Life becomes meaningful once more and as such a constant prayer to His Majesty, blending our Love in His Love!

“O my Sweetheart, I’m in the garden of ambrosial Silence;

My Heart is a field of prayer, at Your feet Divine.”

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Oneness is always Omnipresent. It is that connecting Consciousness or Spirit that underpines or interacts, or is ceaselessly running throughout all life. It is God's constant Breath which is in all and pervades all, in a conscious and continuous flow.

— Manatita

Ambrosial Silence

This sweet Inner Quiet, the serenity of this wonderful image with which the poet completes his masterpiece, is a picture that has blessed all my prayers, every meditation, from the moment I read this poem. A picture of me, who I am, becoming a ‘field of prayer’ in His world and with the purity of the tears of my regenerated Soul to wash His feet.

Tears of joy, gratitude, love and forgiveness that rinse my Soul from everything that is impeding me from ceaseless and deathless fulfillment in Him. For this image that shapes within me the notion of Oneness, I will always thank my brother Manatita. And all my prayers will be his prayers too, as I will close them by saying:

“O my Sweetheart, I’m in the garden of ambrosial Silence;

My Heart is a field of prayer, at Your feet Divine.”

There is no yawning gulf between man and God. Through his aspiration and meditation, Man can become conscious of his oneness with God.

— Sri Chinmoy

Taken from the book:

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier: An Esoteric Journey to Spiritual Philosophy
Manatita, The Lantern Carrier: An Esoteric Journey to Spiritual Philosophy
This article is an excerpt from my book "Manatita, The Lantern Carrier". A book dedicated to all the seekers of the Light which I am sure that it will lift you up!
 

© 2018 Ioannis Arvanitis

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    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 years ago from Greece, Almyros

      Thank you, my friend, Frank! I value your comments, always.

      Sean

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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      Sean, this was so dramatically inviting.. love the way you broke it down and shared your thoughts.. an amazing hub my friend.. top notch

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 years ago from Greece, Almyros

      All we are, bro, but few of us play His Songs!

      You can play!

      I want to learn how to play.

      Some they don't even care.

      For them, we have to play His Songs!

      Play your music mere instrument of His!

      Sean

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 years ago from Greece, Almyros

      I want to say an enormous thank you to all the readers - there are many already - who just read this analysis without leaving a comment.

      Your visit is significant to Manatita and me!

      Gratitude!

      Sean

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      You think too highly of me brother. Nimmita matram. I am a mere instrument of His.

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 years ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear Sister, Dora, thank you for your amazing comment!

      Is the best compliment! Your Light is significant to me too.

      God Bless your work.

      Sean

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 years ago from Greece, Almyros

      About the answer to Li-Jen.

      I was sure that it will be helpful to all of us, and indeed it is!

      Thank you, Brother, for sharing your wisdom.

      Gratitude!

      Sean

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 years ago from Greece, Almyros

      About the analysis now.

      This analysis formed to my mind while I was teaching. I had read the poem sometimes and I had it in my mind, my Heart and my Soul!

      When I am teaching, I have some minutes while my students rewriting an exercise from the white-board to their notebooks. Those are minutes I usually use to think or say an inner pray. Some of those minutes "made" this analysis. It came out by itself. I believe that I just was the medium!

      About the word Allah, you, my brother, said it all.

      "The word 'Allah' is significant and is used deliberately by me. The God-seeker has no problem with words and Guruji has composed songs to Allah, Buddha, Krishna, Christ and so many more. In the Oneness scheme of things, all are significant ... all have a role to play. There is nothing outside of Spirit and so all that is created, words or otherwise, has a use or purpose."

      I have nothing more to say, but if this word were not there, to call me, maybe I would not have chosen this poem! Everything exists in His wisdom!

      This is a Divine poem, a life-changer!

      I will never find the words to thank you, brother, and Him for this opportunity to work on it!

      As-Salaam-Alaikum!

      Sean

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 years ago from Greece, Almyros

      My beloved spiritual Brother, Manatita, My Inner Self is so honoured by your words! I am sitting here for a half an hour, reading your comments, and my Soul Sings to the Supreme! Sings to praise, sings to thank for your presence in my life. Those ten months that I know you (you were one of the first welcoming me to this beautiful community) have changed my life one more time, filling it with more Light. The Light of the Lantern Carrier! I know that I was preparing my self for this meeting. I know that I deserve your Love because differently, I would have missed the calling. And this knowledge makes my Heart joyful!

      As long as I remember myself, I wanted to give Love to the world, to care, to help, to be a clear channel of His Light! That is my daily strive, and your Love came at a period that I needed most!

      So I will never stop thanking Him for His plans, and you for being... you, the Lantern.

      Now that I realise "our dance of togetherness, in the realms of the Spirit."

      Now that I hear you say:

      "I treasure and indeed am inspired by your work, for it is selflessness like this, which gives me hope and promise, for a better tomorrow."

      I know that I have moved on His path a little more, I am happy about this, and I know that I have more responsibilities, more work to do to serve His Love!

      My work has just started!

      Thank you with all my Heart!

      Sean

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Thanks Dee. Sweeettt!!!

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Sean, I like your introduction as well as the analysis of Manatita's poem. There seems to a a measure of oneness between your minds. Well, light does that.

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Ioannis, I added some more. So delete the second note to Li-Jen. Thanks.

      Hi Li-Jen,

      The brother knows me so well that he left your question for me. I'm really worried. Lol.

      What impresses me most about you, perhaps, is your sweet simplicity and lack of guile. You are also a willing student. This is an amazing quality!

      I have quoted Guruji a lot in my poems about Light, so always read his stuff if I put it up. Lanterns represent Light and Light illlumines, awakens, reaches the Heart and burns the cobwebs of the mind, Heart and soul. If you are in a dark tunnel, you may strike a match which will immediately illumine the tunnel, or perhaps you will shine a torch in the darkness. Light is a mystic word which is used in a similar way.

      Through use of the Zen Koans, One can come to a new understanding, to see things with greater clarity or in a new way. The Light of Grace works just like that as it takes you to a wiser understanding of life ... of yourself ... your true nature.

      A Lantern Carrier is a beacon ... someone who shows the way ... carries the Light. So when I use the word in poetry, I'm usually referring to my self. The great souls Kabir, Guru Nanak and others, used it in a signatory as well as a strongly poetic and sublime way. A bit like King David's Psalms or Shaloo's Shayaris. Hope this helps.

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      I see that you have re-discovered the guys of old. They were gone before I came, except Premik Russell Tubbs, who is still with us.

      I see that you have quoted me on Oneness. Reads like an inspired piece. I think every one should look at the Peace Run Video. Had me in tears! It is one of the many significant manifestations that we do and even as I write, they are probably running in Europe.

      The word 'Allah' is significant and is used deliberately by me. The God-seeker has no problem with words and Guruji has composed songs to Allah, Buddha, Krishna, Christ and so many more. In the Oneness scheme of things, all are significant ... all have a role to play. There is nothing outside of Spirit and so all that is created, words or otherwise, has a use or purpose.

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Namaste, My Brother.

      Your Hub is extremely lofty and well worth the wait. It is very difficult to do justice to a poem of this depth and yet you have taken it on board and blended with its voice exceptionally well.

      I believe that you are doing a huge service for all who read both our works and indeed the souls with whom they connect with in this labour of love.

      My poem recently, touched on Oneness, and I did not know that you were doing something similar. So all praise and glory to you for our dance of togetherness, in the realms of the Spirit. I treasure and indeed am inspired by your work, for it is selflessness like this, which gives me hope and promise, for a better tomorrow. Jai Ioannis! Jai Guruji! Mere Prabhu!. Salaam!!

      Your spiritual Brother Manatita.

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      2 years ago

      Hi Sean. Thank YOU. Your article is more than enough. You put in your heart and soul. I'm just a bit new, that's all.

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 years ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear, Li-Jen, I am honoured by your comment and happy to know that I helped you to see more of the Knowledge which is filling Manatita's work. That was my humble intention, and I am glad to see that I managed to accomplish it, even a little.

      Keep on learning!

      Much Love!

      Sean

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 years ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear Sister, Chitrangada Sharan, thank you for your visit and your beautiful words! I am happy to know that you are feeling peaceful after the reading. This is the Art of Love that Manatita is offering to us all. He deserves the best because of being a Lantern of His Light.

      Hari Om!

      Sean

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      2 years ago

      Hey Sean. Brilliant analysis of Manatita's poem. Just realised that Manatita used a phrase from his poem when he commented on my dress poem (Hi Manatita if you're seeing this :) ) .Honestly, I am unfamiliar with the terms like Lantern besides the association with Light but you and Manatita have exposed me to more Knowledge haha. I would be grateful as I am already if I was given the proper meaning of the key terms...if it's enough to get the overview. Thanks so much for the explanation. :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      What a great analysis of Manatita ‘s poem!

      Appreciattions to both of you, for the wonderful poem, and the excellent analysis.

      I agree with you that the presence of God can be felt through love only, and not logic.

      Thanks for sharing this spiritual discourse. I am feeling so peaceful after reading this.

      Thank You!

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