Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Rumi poem

Rumi was a 13th century Persian and founder of the Mawlawi Sufi order, a leading mystical brotherhood of Islam.

I like this poem because it offers a different sense of eternity than most western religions. Christians believe in heaven, that an intact consciousness, a spirit, remains after death and goes some place else. This poem offers an alternative hereafter that stresses humanity's interrelationship with nature. This poem is... acquiescent.

I am part of the load
Not rightly balanced
I drop off in the grass,
like the old Cave-sleepers, to browse
wherever I fall.

For hundreds of thousands of years I have been dust-grains
floating and flying in the will of the air, often forgetting ever being
in that state, but in sleep
I migrate back. I spring loose
from the four-branched, time -and-space cross,
this waiting room.

I walk into a huge pasture
I nurse the milk of millennia

Everyone does this in different ways.
Knowing that conscious decisions
and personal memory
are much too small a place to live,
every human being streams at night
into the loving nowhere, or during the day,i
n some absorbing work.

(Mathnawi, VI 216-227) Rumi, 'We Are Three'

1 comment:

Dayngr said...

I love Rumi and collect many of his quotes