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A Glimpse Into the Spiritual Life. Sunday’s Inspiration 18, a Soulful Offering to Manju Lata

Updated on March 30, 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.

The Golden Shore of the Beyond
The Golden Shore of the Beyond | Source

Abides My Soul, Within A Realm Of Bliss. A ten-syllable Sonnet

Abides my soul, within a realm of Bliss,

Its beauty filled with light upon the dawn.

My Heart awakes, bedazzled by Your kiss,

A peace within and stillness have begun.


All where I see, the scorching flames of fire,

In my abyss, the shadowed night did burn.

Replaced by Love, my darkness and desire,

Now overwhelmed within the rising sun.


Such sweetness, is this wondrous wine within!

Flung wide the portals, of my dancing soul.

Yielding to the eloquent Light unseen,

Ceaselessly marching, to its cherished goal.


Flaunting its scarlet grandeur in my core,

The moon my guide; my end Thy Golden Shore.


- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. March 28th, 2020.

The spark of the soul
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Introduction

We are all sparks of the Absolute Consciousness (Spirit), made in Its own image; consciously or unconsciously following a progressive path, to take us Home. All things, within, without, below and above, are in this stream of Spirit, entering this field of righteousness (Dharma), at different times; in myriad forms, to manifest Its Light.

There is nothing outside this field of the Absolute (Creation), and as such, religion is part and parcel of this divine Lila (Divine game). Now there are different stages of this journey, but the lower stages can be controversial to some and again they are not necessary to know to begin our journey. So, for the purposes of this article, I will begin with humans, in our current form:

  1. 1. The Religious Stage is necessary for ethics and etiquette, a call to morals, of right and wrong. It also gives us purpose, a sense of belonging, of hope … of Something or Someone to turn to in troubled times. Humans will always have idols, whether it is Michael Jackson or Queen; Aretha Franklyn or Kenny Rogers, our very nature is designed to latch on to something in life. Bear in mind, though, that the Saviour comes, to point us to our Hearts.

Loosely speaking, religion is a panacea for that which ails us. The religious stage is divided into various groups, but we can loosely call them the fundamental and the devout. Let us make it clear right away, that nothing is really wrong with either, even though the first may annoy us at times. The individual who thinks he is right, is very often, as convinced as the one who knows he is right, by virtue of his own inner experiences. If we do not taste the mango, we cannot know it is sweet.

In life, souls come at different times ... at different levels, like school; like stairways to heaven

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Nevertheless, God has designed creation in gradations, very much like school. One child is Grade 2 and yet another Grade 9, that is all. Both are correct in their own way, according to their own perceptions or vision of life and both necessary to creation. True spirituality lies in inner wisdom, but that comes later. Let us listen to the sublime words of the Apostle Paul:

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. – (1 Corinthians 13:12 NIV)

Life’s only goal is progress, but each step is important. We do not wear diapers (Pampers) and crawl on all fours, yet we cannot say that the child we were, are not important. This is crucial for the devotee of Truth. Everything has a role; everything has a purpose.

Back to religion. The religious fear God and obey God. There is also a subtle feeling of God as static, as a finished product … of geography, of a Being with long grey beard somewhere, waiting to judge me for my sins.

“The essence of religion is to fear God and obey God;

The quintessence of Spirituality, is to know God and become another God.” – Sri Chinmoy

If I’m good, great! If I’m bad, then I go into a lake of everlasting fire. I grew up in Christianity with this belief and 68 years later, some still hold it, even through our scriptures are littered with pages and pages of an omnipresent God, who is full of Love … of compassion.

Scribes and pharisees.

They exists in every age
They exists in every age | Source

The religious tend to see things one way. It is all in boxes, or books that become boxes. Analytical and separating, this path loses the way of the Heart that Christ spoke of and instead of ‘we’ and ‘ours’, it only sees ‘me’ and ‘mines.’ It lacks the spirit of the child’s simplicity, of identification and oneness.

The religious also existed 2,000 years ago and even before. After all, they believed in the law and followed the ways of scribes, pharisees, saduces, doctors and elders of the law. The very men that Christ had problems with, because their eyes were open and could not see, purely because their Hearts were asleep.

This is important, as when the chips were down, they all came together, to crucify Christ. Bring this forward to the 21st century and we see that the same thing has happened with the persecution of the Saints, with the horrors of slavery and much more, all in the name of religion.

Not much is new, really and one should not endlessly apportion blame. Instead, the way forward is to seek the Light, from the inner chambers of the Heart. You and I are energy fields … are Spirit and as such we affect the world, by the vibration that we offer to the world.

The second group of the religious is devout, like St. Theresa of Avila. They do not usually leave the church, although some do have to explain themselves, but their Hearts are like pure mirrors, filled with many windows. They see only God and His creation and to them, all life is sacred. They are usually, but not always, steeped in spiritual experiences, purely because their Hearts have become malleable to the Divine.

1. 2.The Spiritual; not Religious. There is much wisdom in this, as religion has come to be associated with dogma, rituals and used as a means to political ends. However, in a subtle way, we are denying our brother-sister souls when we say this, denying the very oneness of an all-knowing, all-wise and ever-present, all-seeing Spirit. This also traps us in semantics.

The Life-tree is God, but It does not deny its branches, flowers and fruits, as He knows that all is designed to play a role in creation … that even the very hairs on our heads are numbered. However, these group is generally like the 9th graders … further along the evolutionary ladder in this field of Dharma. (Duty; righteousness)

Inner longing: aspiration is the beginning and the end of the journey

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  1. 3. Spiritual Seekers. Spiritual seekers, aspirants, chelas, God-seekers, call them what you wish, by very nature start when they are tired of life. They are at the point where, much of what should be done, has been done. Yet they feel unfulfilled, discontented, begin to ask themselves ‘who am I?’ or ‘where have I come from?’, ‘what is this all about?’

This forces them into aspiration – an inner cry; a burning intensity for Light; for Truth. So, the spiritual seeker, is by nature dissatisfied with life – in the beginning – and propelled by a strong inner yearning, follows an intuitive urge to find his/her true nature or deeper Self. This does not mean that they are unhappy, though, some are, in the beginning, yes, but their lives unfold to a greater inner joy, which sustains their faith, offering courage, hope and solitude.

  1. Spiritual Practices. There are many Paths and each is valid, but they can easily be broken down into two. The Path of the Mind; The Path of The Heart. Many motivators, life-coaches and inspirators have come. They do help us and are invaluable. Still, weekend intensive workshops, seminars and money, play a large role in what they do and at best they stimulate the mind. This is not lasting.

Man is by nature Spirit and must worship in Spirit and in Truth. All scriptures have recommendations. You know them: Prayer, both verbal and silent reflection, singing and reading of devotional works; self-less service – a soulful offering from the Heart to life, without expectations – gratitude, loving-kindness and more. This is how the ego is finally transformed and we become receptive to the Higher Light (Grace).

Meditation is crucial! We begin this with concentration/focus – the ability to hold our one-pointed gaze on an object, to the exclusion of everything else. Done gently, without strain or force, this will in time harness our inner and outer energies, for the greater task of meditation – expansion, stillness, the energy that unfolds within, when the mind is calm, vacant … tranquil. Concentration helps us to steady the mind, harness the energies and prepares us for meditation.

I will leave a link here to my Hub on Yoga for beginners, as it will address meditation more and give you pointers on how to meditate. You can also write to me, if you need instructions. By the way, sincere Masters rarely charge for their teachings and that includes my own Teacher.

In a sense, unless one is good-intentioned and trying to cover costs for a Hall or Venue, it is foolish to ask you to pay for what you already know, either consciously or unconsciously, is your birthright. Hari Om! God speed!

Manatita, the Lantern Carrier. 28th March, 2020.

Reference: https://caloriebee.com/workout-routines/Practising-Yoga-And-Meditation

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  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

    manatita44 

    5 months ago from london

    True.

    The Saviours are of God and come with knowledge of our weaknesses, yet still serve. Isn't that beautiful? Thanks Bro.

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    Eric Dierker 

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

    Well my friend the sonnet is great.

    "Yielding to the eloquent Light unseen," Sometimes I think the light unseen is my faith and hope. Somethings not to be seen as Moses on the Mount. But I do remember "doubting Thomas" and Christ's indulgence.

    I love religions. I love places of worship and I love watching others struggle to find serenity in God. But alas their inadequacies (religions) was a great impetus for my Sunday Sermons.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

    manatita44 

    5 months ago from london

    Ah, my Sweet!

    What can I say? I'm humbled. Yes, they are awesome!

    Nevertheless, can you recall that Vivekananda once loved only the God without form? So Ramakrishna showed him the God with form ... a bit like what Sri Krishna did for Arjuna.

    So I will send your some 'Light' of the God without form in the poetic world. Chuckle. Look out for this in an hour or so. Love you, my spiritual sister.

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    Rinita Sen 

    5 months ago

    I love a traditional sonnet more than anything else in the literary world and you of course, did it brilliantly, as usual. Take care.

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    manatita44 

    5 months ago from london

    Haha Dee.

    You know. When I came to the UK, some didn't know or believe that we had fine minds: teachers, educators ... in the caribbean as well. Thank you so much!

    Rajan.

    Waheguru Ji ka kalsa, wahe guruji ke fateh.

    Yes, Bro. Guruji used to say there's no such thing as an atheist. They believe in Love and God is Love.

    Thanks Bro. I know you're a good soul. Om Shanti!

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 

    5 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

    A fine lesson for those who believe in the Almighty and I firmly believe that most people do. It's always an educative experience to read your writing.

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    Dora Weithers 

    5 months ago from The Caribbean

    I admire your ability to conform to a structure and still create such smooth flowing lines. Thanks for the additional religious insight.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

    manatita44 

    5 months ago from london

    Great to see you, Devika.

    Thank you so much! Higher blessings to you and family.

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    manatita44 

    5 months ago from london

    Hi Ruby,

    All Faiths have the essentials in common. They speak of an Absolute Supreme called by different names.

    They all have recommendations for living called commandments or principles or by other names

    They all speak of salvation, called Moksha in the East and Nirvana by the Buddhists. The Christ speaks of the Kingdom of Heaven.

    They all speak of Jannah and Jahannum (Heaven and Hell), but 'hell' is viewed differently by many.

    They all speak of Love, Mercy, Compassion ... if we adhere to the things that unite us, there is nothing hidden that shall not be revealed. Thanks, my dear.

    P.S One thing is certain. My world is created by me. If I die, then nothing exists. So I see everything through my own Consciousness.

    What is that? If I'm awake, then the sleeping state does not exist. If I'm in deep sleep, then for me the waking state does not exist.

    There is a stream of Spirit, full of the beauty of Love in both the sleep and waking state. Food for thought.

    Yes, Peggy,

    Some devout live in that state, all they tell you, comes from inner experience. I've had a few myself. Thank you so much!

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    Devika Primić 

    5 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    manatita44 your work is inspiring and fruitful. You never stop to amaze me in what share to us and for the way you hold our attention. A poem to make us feel positive and happy at this time.

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    manatita44 

    5 months ago from london

    Hi Manju,

    So glad you came. Thank you for honouring my Hub. A huge 'Thank you!' Your sentiment is beautiful!

    P.S Your comments always appear as spam. Don't know why. I know you so fine. Someone else might delete it.

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    Peggy Woods 

    5 months ago from Houston, Texas

    Your treatise on religion is informative. I liked this line of yours: " If we do not taste the mango, we cannot know it is sweet." Very true.

    We need thoughts like this right now during this time of little else than bad news. As Bill said, keep doing what you are doing! Wishing you peace, love, and safety.

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    5 months ago from Southern Illinois

    We need a poem that lifts and inspires us, and you deliver that with each offering. There are many religions, and if they teach that God created the world, and his son Jesus died on the cross for our sins, there is a heaven and all who repented will go there when they die. I am not sure where heaven is, but Christ said that he would prepare a place and I believe. People talk about false religions. How can they judge? Stay safe, stay home.

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    Manju lata 

    5 months ago from Ambala City

    So beautifully explained the relationship between God and human being. Thanks for motivational article.

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    manatita44 

    5 months ago from london

    God will continue to bless you. Continue ... continue, Marlene. Thank you.

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    Marlene Bertrand 

    5 months ago from USA

    You are a true master. We can all learn a lot by reading - truly reading and letting the words you share sink in deeply.

    I spend time each day in my sauna. It is the only place where I can have uninterrupted time to meditate and it is good for my mind, body, and spirit. I sing, I contemplate, I talk to my Lord, and sometimes I sit silently so that I can be spoken to.

    I will go to your link to get a better idea of how to do yoga because it is something I have been interested in doing for a very long time.

    Many blessings and much love to you, my dear friend.

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    manatita44 

    5 months ago from london

    Pamela,

    Thank you for reading and your thoughts on prayer. Higher blessings.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Your poem is beautiful as usual, Manatita. Learning more about God's word is always uplifting to me also. Prayer, whether silently reflective or loud with praise all are good ways to worship.

    God bless you, Manatita.

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    manatita44 

    5 months ago from london

    oh, hi.

    Good to see you again. Much Love, Ernel.

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    Sagacious Guy 

    5 months ago

    A very awesome poem. Keep it up!

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    manatita44 

    5 months ago from london

    Hi.

    Yes, I forgot that you said you meditate. necessary in such times. If you need some soothing music then let me know. Gratitude -Lantern

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    Lorna Lamon 

    5 months ago

    Once again your poetry is so soothing and peaceful Manatita, similar to the feeling I get when I meditate. A very insightful and interesting reflective piece - enlightening.

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    manatita44 

    5 months ago from london

    Thank you, Bill. Appreciated.

    Have a blessed Sunday with the family

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    Bill Holland 

    5 months ago from Olympia, WA

    In a world inundated with bad news, your lovely poetry raises us up and allows us a glimpse at beauty. Keep doing what you are doing, my friend, and blessings to you always.

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