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The Dao of Gratitude. Thursday Homily for the Devout 15, to my Didi Ji Vanita Thakkar

Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

Sri Chinmoy on Gratitude ... a glimpse

“Once more I wish to tell you that nothing can be more meaningful or more fruitful than gratitude in our human life. All our bad qualities, all our undivine qualities can be washed away and will be washed away by our soulful gratitude.” - Sri Chinmoy

With gratitude to my spiritual teacher

Sri Chinmoy in Comtemplation

Sri Chinmoy in Comtemplation

On Gratitude

Gratitude is not the prerogative of any soul or country. It is the life-breath of the Supreme. It lies in the Universal Heart and is the ever-pervading beauty, of the Absolute Delight, singing and dancing, in each aspiring Heart. - Manatita


The Breath of Gratitude. A Free-style Sonnet

Sometimes --instead of an embrace --,

The child gets a scolding. Yet hidden

Within this, is the mother’s smile of concern,

Her resilience, fortitude … the Light of sacrifice.

She feels the divinity of Gratitude within,

Like a blueprint from Paradise. The

Soul is not a bankruptcy of woe, but

An Aladdin’s treasure of Love, filled

With the Jars of a thousand suns!

Come, sweet Gratitude! In the Universal Heart,

All Hearts are One; you’re the song of the eternal.

As You waltz in the mother’s sleepless Love, so too,

You fly on the life-breath of the Beloved, singing and

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Dancing, like a ballerina, into the grandeur of each soul.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 26th November, 2020

Sri Ramakrishna (Middle), Sri Sarada Devi (Left), Swami Vivikananda (Right)

Courtesy sri Sarada

Courtesy sri Sarada

Wisdom of Sri Sarada Devi

"If you want peace of mind, do not find fault with others. rather try to find your own faults." - Sri Sarada Devi

Wisdom from the Master

“Gratitude means to become a flower in every part of your being: body, vital, mind and heart. Everything in your being will exist only as a flower...

You as an individual will become only a flower to be placed at the Feet of the Supreme. This flower is completely open; all the petals are blossomed. This is gratitude.” - Sri Chinmoy

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Friends


Thankfulness and Gratitude

Listen for 3 mins or so, if you can. Filled with wisdom by Sri Chinmoy

© 2020 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on November 30, 2020:

Still busy? Wow! Take it easy and 'chill' out! Lol. Thanks again, my Dear. Stay well. - Lantern

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 30, 2020:

I wish I was here for Thanksgiving but it's good to be reminded how much we we need to be grateful. I do forget, sometimes, when events of the day just overrun me.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 27, 2020:

Indeed. Thank you so much Devika. Peace.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 27, 2020:

Being thankful and showing gratitude is an important part of our lives.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 27, 2020:

Thanks Rosina. Jazak Allahu Khairan

manatita44 (author) from london on November 27, 2020:

Indeed! My poetry tries to explain that. So in that sense it does not belong to any country or person. It is a quality or virtue necessary for each heart, at every moment. Peace.

Rosina S Khan on November 26, 2020:

Thank you for this beautiful article about gratitude full of poetry, wise quotes, and more. Happy Thanksgiving, Manatita!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 26, 2020:

This is an excellent day to think about gratitude, though it's important at any time. Thank you for creating this article, Manatita.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 26, 2020:

Monasticism is not like that. The very nature of seeking, is a recognition of incapacity ... of not being able to travel without God. This means that each Monk is essentially human. We will make mistakes. It's a part of the Journey. Love you Bro. Going to poetry now, more later. Happy Thanksgiving!! - Lantern

manatita44 (author) from london on November 26, 2020:

Thank you so much, Peggy. I have just responded. Gratitude ... much!!

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on November 26, 2020:

I'm digging in here but it's what I do : )

"If you want peace of mind, do not find fault with others." - What about the mother who: "Sometimes --instead of an embrace --, The child gets a scolding."

See? Adults hardly ever take their own advice.

I do not care for peace as long as we have "scolding". There is no peace with "scolding". You see? Leave the "scolding" aside and we can begin to talk about peace lol

Here's a 10 minute interview, which I think You might find useful/interesting:

There are subtitles. What he says at 9:14 though: "For example, we monks are not allowed to insult, or mock anyone, not even spank a child because it will get scared and You will become guilty before God".

Thank You for the written words: food for thought.

May Wakan Tanka always walk with You.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 26, 2020:

Indeed Bro. Indeed!!

Great seeing you as always. Happy Thanksgiving, Bro. The news seem to indicate, that apart from Covid-19, other things are looking more promising. 'Me heer dem say.' Haha

manatita44 (author) from london on November 26, 2020:

Yes, it's actually longer, as you may know and is still at the Monastery in Bourne End ... to remind us; the Monks and novitiates. Praise be! Thank you for gracing my page! Stay well and blessed!

manatita44 (author) from london on November 26, 2020:

Centfie, are you ok? You seemed to have disappeared for a while. Did I write to you about something? Ah ... coming back to me. Much love to you and have a great Thanksgiving Day. Peace.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 26, 2020:

Thank you, Devika. Appreciated. Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving afternoon. Peace.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 26, 2020:

This message is an appropriate one to be reading on Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. Thank you, and may God bless you!

manatita44 (author) from london on November 26, 2020:

Thank you my Didi Ji. A fine contribution for which I am indeed grateful. Om Shanti!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 26, 2020:

I like this. Science is proving the benefit of gratitude. Very interesting. Like prayer and meditation - now real intentions of gratitude makes for better health up and down.

Vanita Thakkar on November 26, 2020:

What a great surprise, Brother Manatita !! Heartiest Thanks to you :) :)

The poem is superb and the sayings of Maa Sharada and Thakur and Sri Chinmoy add to the beauty of the article. This is one of Maa Sharada’s most famous quotes, which she had uttered few days before she left for her heavenly abode ....

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Pranaams to you.

Centfie from Kenya on November 26, 2020:

The first stanza is so powerful. I love this beautiful poem.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 26, 2020:

One flows into the other and it is always nice to be thankful for what we have and who we have in our lives. Great write up here and nice to see you writing again.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 26, 2020:

Beautiful sentiments and lovely thoughts. Happy Thanksgiving Day to you Manatita, and all my fellow writer friends. The feeling of being grateful is the most satisfying feeling.

Nice tribute to Vanita, a fine writer, poet and a multitalented person. Thanks for sharing this and your words of wisdom. Have a blessed and joyful day.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 26, 2020:

Ah, so sweet, Pamela, so sweet. I'm very happy you seem to love this one. More gratitude to you ... especially today. God bless!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 26, 2020:

Any message about gratitude is good, but this is truly a beautful article. I love your poetry and all the words of wisdom. God bless you.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 26, 2020:

Me likewise, my brother. Me likewise. Keep on keeping on, Dear Bill. Peace!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 26, 2020:

A lovely message this day, my friend. I am grateful for your friendship, and I thank you for the love you spread with your words.

Blessings always

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