Death As Wedding Day With the Beloved

February 15, 2009

Rumi says:

On the day I die, don’t weep.

Don’t say she’s gone/he’s gone.

Death has nothing to do with going away.

The moon sets and the sun sets,

but they’re not gone.

Death is a coming together.

The human seed goes down into the ground

like a bucket,

and come up with some unimaginable beauty!

Your mouth closes here

and immediately opens

with a shout of joy there!

Whether we understand these words literally or metaphorically, Rumi’s message to us is that there is nothing to fear in death. We merge with unimaginable beauty–light with light.

As Andrew Harvey has said, the death of a spiritual leader is often his or her last teaching. Rumi died fearlessly, neither hastening or resisting his body’s process. In death, he seemed to say, it’s only the ego, the persona that is lost. The soul continues its glorious journey.

In one of Coleman Barks’ translations of a Rumi poem, death is the family darling coming home at last, or the red glint in the cliff which turns at last to rubies. When we internalize these teachings, our fear of death dissolves, and we are free.

Go in peace, dear visitor, and bring these words of comfort to those who need them right now. When your time comes they will come back to you.

Forty early mornings alone

January 22, 2008

Rumi says

A new moon teaches gradualness

and deliberation, and how one gives birth

to oneself slowly. Patience with small details

makes perfect a large work, like the universe.

What nine months of attention does for an embryo

forty early mornings alone will do

for your gradually growing wholeness.

In our world of busyness, striving, competition, relentless media, and endless to-d0 lists, the most healing choice can be to have some solitude every day. It’s worth getting up half an hour earlier if you must. Here’s my outrageous promise: read (Coleman Barks’) Rumi for 100 days, and whatever hurts will begin to heal!

One minute in Rumi-conciousness

December 27, 2007

Once Rumi’s message touched me, I became passionate about communicating it; spend one minute allowing this great soul’s message to touch you, and you will be forever changed. The great love that arises out of silence will penetrate your heart. Rumi’s intent is to transform us, to help us discover our divine nature, regardless of our state of belief or unbelief.

  • Rumi entices us with poetry of astounding beauty, but he himself puts little value on his own or any other words. The poems are meant to open the door to nothing less than transmission of a message that can forever change and heal us. It is a divine message that teaches us priceless and seemingly mysterious lessons, such as:
  • Our endless longings are their own answer. Our prayers are answered in the moment we utter them. The cure for our pain is in the pain.
  • As is stated in every faith tradition, the Beloved is always with us: Lo, I am with you always….Remember and be back with the Friend.
  • Because we are embodiments of the divine, great love lies deep in our hearts. It is stronger than our anger, more powerful than our failure to forgive. I am so small. How can I feel such great love? Your eyes are small, yet they see enormous things.
  • Thanks to Andrew Harvey for some of the ideas in this post, and to Coleman Barks for the lines of Rumi’s poetry. See Andrew’s The Way of Passion: A Celebration of Rumi, and Coleman’s many wonderful translations of Rumi such as The Soul of Rumi, The Essential Rumi, and many, many more.