Random Rumi #5

Time to take a little moment out of the fast-paced lead up to christmas … Ah! Rumi…
I think you describe the spirit of christmas better than anyone I know … still it is beyond words.

 

BODY INTELLIGENCE,

from The Essential Rumi

Your intelligence is always with you, overseeing your body, even though you may not be aware of its work.

If you start doing something against your health, your intelligence will eventually scold you.

If it hadn’t been so lovingly close by and so consistently monitoring, how could it rebuke?

You and your intelligence are like the beauty and the precision of an astrolabe.

Together, you calculate how near existence is to the sun!

Your intelligence is marvelously intimate. It’s not in front of you or behind, or to the left or the right.

Now try, my friend, to describe how near is the creator of your intellect!

Intellectual searching will not find the way to that king!

The movement of your finger is not separate from your finger.

You go to sleep, or you die, and there’s no intelligent motion.

Then you awake, and your fingers fill with meanings.

Now consider the jewel-lights in your eyes. How do they work?

This visible universe has many weathers and variations.

But uncle, O uncle, the universe of the creation-word, the divine command to Be, that universe of qualities is beyond any pointing to.

More intelligent than intellect, and more spiritual than spirit.

No being is unconnected to that reality, and that connection cannot be said. There, there’s no separation and no return.

There are guides who can show you the way. Use them. But they will not satisfy your longing.

Keep wanting that energy with all your pulsing energy.

The throbbing vein will take you further than any thinking.

Muhammad said, “Don’t theorise about essence!” All speculations are just more layers of covering. Human beings love coverings!

They think the designs on the curtains are whats being concealed.

Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry moving through, and be silent.

Or say, “I cannot praise You as You should be praised. 

Such words are infinitely beyond my understanding.”

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