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.
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 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)
You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
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