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RUMI REVELATIONS: The Root of the Root

In excerpts and quotes, literature, poetry, Rumi Revelations, spirituality on August 14, 2011 at 3:48 am

Immediately after doing my last post of Qur’an in Ramadaan, I found the following two poems of Rumi in an astonishingly close approximation with the thesis of that post and the ones before. This time round I attempt to append my commentary on stanzas from the first poem to make the connections clearer. The second poem is too plain to need further illumination, I think. Both poems are highly motivational, uplifting, and rejuvenating as is indeed nearly all the poetry of the famed poet.

 

From:

THE ROOT OF THE ROOT OF YOUR SELF↓1

 

Don’t go away, come near.

Don’t be faithless, be faithful.

Find the antidote in the venom.

Come to the root of the root of your Self.

 

Molded of clay, yet kneaded

from the substance of certainty,

a guard at the Treasury of Holy Light —

come, return to the root of the root of your Self.

 

Once you get hold of selflessness,

you’ll be dragged from your ego

and freed from many traps.

Come, return to the root of the root of your Self.

 

You are born from the children of God’s creation,

but you have fixed your sight too low.

How can you be happy?

Come, return to the root of the root of your Self.

 

Although you are a talisman protecting a treasure,

you are also the mine.

Open your hidden eyes

and come to the root of the root of your Self.

 

You were born from a ray of God’s majesty

and have the blessings of a good star.

Why suffer at the hands of things that don’t exist?

Come, return to the root of the root of your Self.

 

You are a ruby embedded in granite.

How long will you pretend it isn’t true?

We can see it in your eyes.

Come to the root of the root of your Self.

DON’T BE BITTER MY FRIEND↓2

 

don’t be bitter my friend

you’ll regret it soon

hold to your togetherness

or surely you’ll scatter

 

don’t walk away gloomy

from this garden

you’ll end up like an owl

dwelling in old ruins

 

face the war and

be a warrior like a lion

or you’ll end up like a pet

tucked away in a stable

 

once you conquer

your selfish self

all your darkness

will change to light

 

 

Commentary

I like the term ‘the root of the root’. I wish I had access to the original Persian to see how it was expressed there. As it is, to me it reminds me of the famous adage which means: recognize yourself to recognize your God. We cannot realize the close connection we all have with our Maker unless we first establish a close connection with our own selves, accepting and facing all our limitations and faults and weaknesses for what they are.

Our nature might be transient, of clay, of atom, but our essence, the soul, is connected to one large ‘certainty’: the ultimate reality (the Treasury of Holy Light) the seed of which has already been sown inside us in form of the a-lastu bi rabbikum dialogue.

 In entangling ourselves with petty worldly needs and fears, we agree for a low existence; whereas real highness awaits us. It’s time to realize our potential to the fullest; that is our destiny, but we need to engage it with our own step forward.

 

Notes

1. Translated by Kabir Helminski in Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets: RUMI.

2. Translated by Nader Khalili in above.

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