OF THE ABSOLUTE’S UNWAVERING
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every moment is a new discovery of a new silence,
a new penetration into that eternity in which all things are always new.
We know, by fresh discovery, the deep reality that is our concrete existence here and now …
when I am no longer involved in the measurement of life,
but in the living of it,
I can discover a form of prayer in which
there is effectively, no distraction.
My whole silence is full of prayer.
where everything I touch is turned into prayer:
the birds are my prayer,
the wind in the trees is my prayer,
for God is all in all.
Sufis call the wantings nafs.
From the urgent way lovers want each other to the sannyasin's search for truth,
all moving is from the mover.
Every pull draws us to the ocean.
Rumi says it's important
to live the wantings as they come
and not get stuck somewhere,
caught doing some indecent act.
The story doesn't mention what exactly — masturbation, peeping-tomming, whatever wild wantings young men think to do.
'It just means he's growing his feathers.
The dangerous case is a kid who doesn't do indecent acts,
who then leaves the nest without feathers.
One flap and the cat has him.'
about shaming sexual behavior in an adolescent
or anyone who hasn't yet has his or her fill of erotic trancing.
Often, the closest we come to surrender is orgasm.
In Rumi's symbology the rooster is a symbol for that energy.
By dissolving into the play.
The nafs are energies that keep us moving,
Union with the divine continually unfolds.
Next to the glowing drive-in movie,
the junkyard's rusted stacks of old desire-bodies.
transmuting to another, another.
What have I ever lost by dying?
Rumi asks, exchanging one set of nafs for the next.
Particles of praise shine in the sunlight.
Anything you grab hold of on the bank
breaks with the river's pressure.
When you do things from your soul,
the river itself moves through you.
Freshness and a deep joy are signs of the current."
The Essential RumiBy Coleman Barks, Jelaluddin Rumi
Advice on keeping joy moving through you.
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