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What's in a Name and Character?

Updated on June 27, 2015
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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.

Sheakespeare's Romeo and Juliet


What’s in A Name?

When I awake at mornings, I offer Gratitude to the Supreme, and then, in worship, I adore, praise, offer silence ... and I finish with an Invocation to God. I have done this daily, without fail, for the last 33 years.

This morning, I arose a bit early, and suffered the experience of visiting my Hubs prior to Prayer. For it was there that I ran into the saddening comments of a Hubber, concerning one of my poems, which affected my good name, and helped to tarnish my image with some of my friends.

What’s in a name? I have been reading ever since I was old enough to remember, and as such I instantly remember the lofty uttering’s of my good friend Shakespeare:

Shakespeare Quote - "Who steals my purse steals trash"

Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
Is the immediate jewel of their souls.
Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing;
'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him,
And makes me poor indeed.

Othello Act 3, Scene 3

William Shakespeare
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So if my friend Shakespeare is to believed, I’m now much poorer, saddened and dejected by this subtle attack on my character, my work, my Faith ...

I would write this piece and then let go; leave all to the Master Artist, the One who has entered into the Spirit of my spiritual brother here in Poetry: A Golden Vessel of Descending Light; the same One who is burning, dancing and singing in my Heart and Soul.

I am innocent of the accusations, of course, and frankly the few words mentioned are petty, and at best naive, for one who seems to have been writing poetry for a while. Every sincere poet knows that similarities can sometimes occur. In fact, I have said that we are all influenced, to an extent, by words both present and past, and of Millennia. They're embedded in our psyche. That's nothing new, and so coincidences are not only possible, but do happen.

More Light


Let me tell you a little about the esoteric poet: There are words which are very familiar to us, as we see them in our life and meditations, and write or reflect on them in a very powerful way. Take the word, Light, for example, and its myriad connotations: Lamp, candle, shimmering, radiant, brilliant, translucent and my favourites ... effulgence, candela, rainbow, horizon, moon, sun, twinkling stars ...

These words are secondary to our nature, as we are drawing from an inner Source. Also birds, swans and eagles, are all symbols of the Soul in flight, and we use them to paint hidden or occulted pictures or images.

I say all this, because my friend speaks of the word ‘sway’. Dance is also dear to us. Sway, dance, waltz; dancing and swaying to the beauty of Love Divine; A river of ever-effulgent Light ... you get the picture? They all come effortlessly to me. Water, fountain, drunkenness, inebriation ... all used to express Consciousness and deep spiritual experiences. Light is so important to the esoteric, the spiritual poet!

You can use this soothing video while you read. Courtesy of the Sri Chinmoy Centre Int

A Bird and River of Light

Bird of Light
Bird of Light | Source

“O Bird of Light, O Bird of Light,

I am drunk with the supernal wine

Of Your intoxications!

Lost in stupor, in this field of rainbows,

Come touch my Soul with Your Fire of Delight,

And carry me to the other Shore.”- Manatita. (Spontaneous)

All this comes naturally to me, but could easily have been written by someone else. The intuitive poets, steal, as it were, from the Ether, from a life of school and experience; from the ancients and hoary Seers of the past ... nothing is new really, and yet, this is an ever-transcending world; a field of progress.

So I will ask my friend to look again; to think again, to recognise that we are all different, all consciously or unconsciously wishing to serve, to lift or elevate, to offer our Hearts and reach out to other Souls with charm, eloquence and excellence. I have tried to cover this in two works of prose dedicated to Poetry, and also in about five poems of artistic beauty, also dedicated to Poetry on Hub Pages.

Here my views are expressed and summarised exquisitely and succinctly. I trust that my friend can read at least some of these Hubs, and we can come together to celebrate our work, in the true Spirit of Love and Oneness. Jai Lord!

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 27th June, 2015. Copyrighted.

~Awakening The Inner Light ~

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      You're a lovely Soul, Missy. I feel this. God bless you now and always. My words are generally loving. I hope they were ok. Remain strong. You're loveable and likeable. Hari Om!

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      Missy Smith 2 years ago from Florida

      This is funny that I happened upon this hub about an incident that apparently happened a while ago. You had just mentioned to me in your comment tonight on my new hub, that many have used the same theme as I have lately. I was unaware that they had, but it did not bother me to think so. I can't see that any of us wouldn't by accident happen on a same theme from time to time. A theme is a theme, words through the theme can be told many different ways. I'm sorry this happened, and I'm glad it has been a while now. Take care. :)

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Thanks for your support, my Friend.

      This was five months ago. I took six weeks off, to stop and reflect and came back stronger.

      Yoga philosophy is about the transformation of the individual nature, so I always ask myself, what I could have done better. More Love, always more Love.

      I changed things in the other Hub and kept this one, because there are some useful pointers for the would-be mystical or esoteric poets, as shown also in some of my other works of prose. Much Love to you.

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      Surabhi Kaura 2 years ago

      O dear Manatita!

      I happen to stumble upon this hub and could not resist, but to leave a comment. I can feel it. Alligators are voracious eaters and so are the allegations, of people's reputation.

      There is a profound old English phrase and it goes something like, "...The elephant keeps walking while the dogs keep barking..." I am sure you must have heard it. Never feel downcast, my friend. You already have won hearts of many. We live in a society where some people vilify and others pour honey. It's a human tendency from time immemorial to feel rattled by aspersions. However, the power of meditation is so supreme that it enables to ignore and forget, and to keep moving forward.

      After all, time is a great healer. It heals all the wounds. Om shanti!

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Thank you, my Sweet.

      I will send it to you via e-mail. I need to step back and re-charge; to work better with where I am. My next poem should explain it all. Lots of Love to you, Deb.

      Dora, you missed the one that I was sending you too. But it's all over now. Again, like I said to Deb, my next poem will explain. I thank you for your support over the years.

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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      I'm often late, but I'm glad I'm came. I pray that you have kept your word, namely: "let go; leave all to the Master Artist." Please continue to share your unique talent of esoteric poetry. There's good reason (as you explained) for whatever similarity there appears between the works of two exceptionally gifted poets. Stay on course!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You are armed with a pen of Light, which will carry you through this life, and into another. It is best to cast off the Darkness of sin, which will take the pen. The pen is yours in your hand, yet in another it can only write in murky water. The murkiness allows it to remain unread. Write me a soliloquy of the Birds of Light..

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Hi Nellieanna.

      My next Hub, Ode to The Red Rose, is infinitely more beautiful in the sense that it's less tainted. This Hub and the comments on the one of which you write, can only strengthen the belief in my character. They should be like Word55 has done his, with love and impartiality.

      So yes, it is still good to say something about the Hub and then note your observations, while stressing that Manatita is a noble and trustworthy Soul. In your own words, of course. I thought that you had already done this, no? Much love.

      So Sweet BlossomSB. I thank you. God bless your noble spirit.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      It is unsettling because poems come from the heart. In our poetry we bare our inmost feelings and we cannot help but take unwarranted criticism personally. Take courage, dear Manatita, most of your friends here appreciate your work. Blessings.

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      Nellieanna Hay 2 years ago from TEXAS

      I just checked on that other hub in which the dreary, misguided accusations are. I wrote a reply recommending letting it go, but didn't post it because it seemed to be advising letting go while prolonging it myself. haha I do try to not be TOO hypocritical most of the time.

      But I just now found and read this hub in which more is discussed about the issue and it's surely because more is needed in order to lay it to rest. So will ponder that. May post my reserved comments either there or here. I felt they had value or would not have written them. But I often feel the better value is to withhold some things.

      I'm glad you are OK. It was bound to be unsettling.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Thank you, Bill. I appreciate your visit here.

      Peachpurple, appreciated. Much love to you this pleasant Sunday.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      yeah, a lot of other hubbers love your poems, don't be bother of the minority

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are loved by many. Enough said.

      blessings always

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Yes, Ruby. Great advice. I'm getting there. This Hub is already written, let us say, and the forces are playing themselves out. I thank you for your loving concern. Ultimately, it is all the Lord's play. Who knows why these things happen? warm embraces this evening.

      Yes, Shauna.

      I have said a few times now and in the past that nothing is truly new. The Mother thinks of her daughter in Australia, and immediately she gets a phone call from her. Sometimes, in very receptive people, we can also obtain that way, from the Ether. Love and joy this Sunday, my dear friend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Manatita, I know you didn't. I was referring to what your accuser said. Even if it were true, two and three word phrases are not plagiarism. If it were, absolutely everything a writer pens would fall into that category!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I hope you can let this go in peace. I know you have written your words from your heart. Those of us who love and know you will always stand by your side. I see you as a gift from God. Cheers and peace....

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Thank you Whonu. Much peace this Sunday. I note your advice.

      Phyllis, what can I say?

      In Consciousness, I'm in a much better place than I was yesterday. However, after the brother's second response, I knew intuitively that he was for real and not within the realm of reason. I had to chose a different pathway, and the one I chose, like a movie, is playing itself out.

      Once the arrow is fired, it is all in the hands of the Supreme. Let it play itself out. Much Peace.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Dear Manatita, In the name of our Heavenly Lord and for the sake of Peace and Harmony I pray this issue can be let go of and resolved privately between you and our friend. I see no reason to continue the issue in public and get others involved. To drag it out does cause "sides" to be taken and discord among the community.

      May you always walk in Peace and Harmony.

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      My friend, we all experience this sad occurrence at times. Usually some individual with issues(mental) is at the root of such events. Most times I just ignore the impostor and keep on writing. There are those who feel a thrill or some erotic reward by "picking" at others. Let them go. They are their own worst enemy and will someday reap what they have sewn. Your work is fantastic my friend, whonu

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Thank you., my brother. Have a great Sunday evening.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I know of the incident of which you speak. It is sad to see a disagreement between two people that I follow. I hope the matter can be resolved civilly and all continue in peace.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      I do not feel that he would do this. Hence my choice of a different route.

      Your reasoning is noble, of course, but I have not taken even a single word. I have not visited this poet in a very long time. Much love to you today, and deep gratitude ... much.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Manatita, I know the allegations are false, misguided.

      I've read a few hubs that refer to rose-colored glasses, which is sort of my trademark. Have I been plagiarized? Of course not. Am I guilty of plagiarism when penning the term? Of course not. Plagiarism exists when a good portion of intellectual property has been duplicated without proper attribution. A couple of words or a commonly used phrase does not fall into that category.

      I hope this issue gets resolved and a public apology is extended to you.