Out beyond ideasThese words struck me as a call to go beyond the goodness of accomplishment and punched tickets to heaven to explore a deeper kind of goodness. I've since come to see this deeper goodness as a state of unconditional love and goodwill. A place where we love simply because this is our truest nature and is the only way to become what the Sufis call a "true human being." I immediately felt a connection to Rumi. It wasn't, however, until a friend heard of this and bought me a book of his work that I got to know him a little better.
Of wrong doing and right doing
There is a field.
I'll meet you there.
I found him to be a giant in human spiritual history. He has the power to reach across hundreds of years, as well as the sometimes insurmountable chasms of religious and secular culture, to speak to me as if sitting across the room from me saying something that I've never heard before.
His words are like the tap of a silver spoon on a wineglass in the noisy room of my soul. When I hear them the clamor of small talk dies away and the silence fills up with expectation; a craning of necks and a slight leaning forward to be sure I don't miss what's being said.
I can hardly talk about poetry or being a true human being without giving a deep bow to this great master. Check him out and in the meantime I'll close with this gem:
Gamble everything for loveHow does he know me so well?
If you're a true human being
If not, leave this gathering
Half-heartedness doesn't reach into majesty.
You set out to find God but then you keep stopping for long periods
at mean spirited roadhouses.
Don't wait any longer