Thursday, August 21, 2008

i dont believe in coincidence..

I was speaking to one of my friends regards the inevitable stream of divine inspiration everywhere around us; and with special reference to the way that Rumi-yana finds its way into my hands at various stages of my life..
Anyway, I picked up one of my newest anthologies (bought in Delhi last month, 'Rumi-The Book of Love'; a transl by Coleman Barks.. and opened to a page, just browsing. The following pieces all occur side by side on pages134/135, all make varied but profound sense to me.. based on some conversations and reflections with friends and loved ones.. sometimes, we don't have to look all that far in order to find divinity.. its in the spiritual water we drink from being close to or being with people who inspire real joy in us..


'A man is wandering the marketplace at noon
with a candle in his hand, totally ecstatic.

"Hey," calls a shopkeeper,"is this a joke?
Who are you looking for?"

"Someone breathing Huuu,the divine breath."
"Well, there are plenty to choose from."

"But I want one who can be in anger and desire
and still be a true human being in the same moment."


When school and mosque and minaret
get torn down, then dervishes can begin
their community. Not until faithfulness

turns to betrayal and betrayal into trust
can any human being become
part of the truth.

DOVES -p134/5

People want you to be happy.
Don't keep serving them your pain!

If you could untie your wings
and free your soul of jealousy,

you and everyone around you
would fly up like doves.


Muhammad gave this indication of how to know
what's real. "When you feel

a peaceful joy, you're near the truth.
Unquiet and off centre, jealous or greedy,

then what you do seems pretentious
and those around you insincere.

Speak the clearest truth you know,
and let the uneasiness heal."

When words are tinged with lying,
they're like water dripping into an oil lamp.
The wick won't light, and the pleasure
of your love room will diminish.

---------------------------------------Jumuah love to all...Shfs


Zahera said...

... and a very loving jummah mubarak to you too :-D
Love the last 2!

KimyaShafinaaz said...


welcome back... tell me stories!

KimyaShafinaaz said...

hmm.. i think i shud have a dedication site to rumi.. celebrating mevlana.. something like that.. any takers??

desert demons said...

Interesting choice of poet :), how were you introduced to Rumi?

desert demons said...

interesting choice of poet :) How were you introduced to Rumi?