Rumi was a 13th Century Persian poet, theologian and Sufi mystic. Rumi’s influence transcended national borders and ethnic division, having been translated into many of the world’s languages. Even as of today he has been described as the most popular poet and the best selling poet in the United States. Yet, few of us even know one poem or saying he was known for.
One of his most famous poems describes love as this:
“Both light and shadow are the dance of love.
Love has no cause: it is the astrolabe of God’s secrets.
Lover and loving are inseparable and timeless.”
But one of my favorite attributes of Rumi is his description of spirituality. Even mystics and religious scholars today meditate on his poetry as if it were divinely inspired. In that same poem about love Rumi writes:
“Although I may try to write about love, I am rendered helpless.
My pen breaks and the paper slips away.
At the ineffable place where lover, loving and loved are One.”
In other words, as far back as the 13th century, Rumi wrote of that place where mystics today, especially in New Thought religions are sensing the need to take our rightful place as One—in the Creator, one—in love. We can’t even be “with” love, because the word with implies separateness. We are AS one in God; otherwise, we cannot operate from the one Consciousness that is God the Creator. To be as a create, in the likeness of God, to be a conduit of the great healing power of Love, we must take our place as part of God.
When I completely get this body, mind, and soul (which isn’t often), I feel as if I can fly high, create big, and manifest the world. When I release from that lofty place of oneness, I go back to my separateness and humanness and feel divided from love in all its vast dimensions.
I encourage you to read Rumi and discover the many wonderful poems he shared and the beautiful imagery that you can take to your meditation and think on for hours.
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