Saturday, May 30, 2009

Be Lost in the Call

One World/One Sea
NOTE about the poem below: I don't think the poet or "God" would mind if you put another word in the place of those kinds of names. If the "usual" term has no meaning for you - try putting in it's place something which for you is the "Great Aliveness" of your deepest understanding.
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Lord, said David, since you do not need us,
why did you create these two worlds?

Reality replied: O prisoner of time,
I was a secret treasure of kindness and generosity,
and I wished this treasure to be known,
so I created a mirror: its shining face, the heart;
its obscure back, the world;
The back would please you if you've never seen the face.

Has anyone ever produced a mirror out of mud and straw?
Yet clean away the mud and straw,
and a mirror might be revealed.

Until the juice ferments a while in the cask,
it isn't wine. If you wish your heart to be bright,
you must do a little work.

My King addressed the soul of my flesh:
You return just as you left.
Where are the traces of my gifts?

We know that alchemy transforms copper into gold.
This Sun doesn't want a crown or robe from God's grace.
He is a hat to a hundred bald men,
a covering for ten who were naked.

Jesus sat humbly on the back of an ass, my child!
How could a zephyr ride an ass?
Spirit, find your way, in seeking lowness like a stream.
Reason, tread the path of selflessness into eternity.

Remember God so much that you are forgotten.
Let the caller and the called disappear;
be lost in the Call.

RUMI
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Rumi summarized his life work as follows:

The outcome of my life is no more than these three lines:

I was a raw material
I was cooked and became mature
I was burned in love.

(and in many other ways through his poems)
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You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
Tagore
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Today as much or maybe more than at any other time in history following "The Call" is to Walk on Water, to know and understand a little more than your own little place - to follow -- Love

1 comment:

Connie L. Nash said...

If interested and wanting to know more about Rumi:
See "The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi" at
Speaking of Faith with Krista Tippet