Monday, January 10, 2011

Rumi: Imagine the Time

Learn the alchemy true human beings know.
The moment you accept what troubles you've been given,
the door will open.

  -- Rumi

Today's guidance from The Rumi Card Book:
Category: Ordeal ... You fear the rocks?  Better men than you have died on them.  Dying on love's rock is better than a life of death.  Stop being afraid and full of self-pity.  Your duty is to act on your deepest beliefs.
Category explanation from the book:  One of the glories of Rumi's work is its naked honesty about the necessity of ordeal--about what could be called "the alchemy of Agony."  The family of ordeal cards, then, deals with both sides of the nature of suffering in our lives:  that it is unavoidable and that, through understanding its inner purpose, it can be transmuted into the gold of Grace.
Imagine the Time


Imagine the time the particle you are
returns where it came from.

The family darling comes home. Wine,
without being contained in cups,
is handed around.

A red glint appears in a granite outcrop,
and suddenly the whole cliff turns to ruby.

At dawn I walked along with a monk
on his way to the monastery.

We do the same work, I told him.
We suffer the same.

He gave me a bowl, and I saw.
The soul has this shape.

Shams, and actual sunlight, help me now,
being in the middle of being
partly in myself, and partly outside.

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