CLARITY’S TRUTH OF BEING
IMMORTAL ASPECTS OF ALL THAT IS
I made it a rule that no one should teach her anything.
One of the biggest problems in the world is this:
the moment you are born,
everyone wants to teach you something that has not worked in their lives.
She did not need any of these tricks.
I just made sure she had enough exposure to nature and life around.
She grew up very joyfully.
But once, when she was about thirteen, she went through some emotional turmoil.
In this situation, I told her one thing:
“Never look up to anyone – never look down on anyone.
Never look up to anything – never look down on anything.
Look at everything the way it is.”
That is all it takes to make a beautiful life.
and the innocent newness of the moment
reside in me
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
— Jellaludin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks