Saturday, January 9, 2010

Drenched to the Core

Rumi reminds us:
There's a moon inside every human being
Learn to be companions with it
Give more of your life to this listening.
As brightness is to time
so you are to the One who whispers
to the deep ear in your chest.
I should sell my tongue and buy a thousand ears
When that One steps near and begins to speak.
I should sell my tongue and buy a thousand ears
When that One steps near.

Every line ... no, every word of Rumi's absolutely drips with the liquid gold of Eternal Presence.

Intoxicated with Oneness, no word is wasted ... every word thrills to the resounding call ... even in the absence of the Beloved, especially in the absence, Rumi honours and celebrates the flood of Divine Presence. His celebratory outporings remind us that even our deepest separation is not devoid of Presence.

Rumi knows, that no matter where we roam, how far from God's immediate touch we may appear to be ... God is here. Nothing, absolutely nothing is left out of the equation. All and everything, and nothing itself are pointers and reminders that "He is here".

Feel the absence... He is here. Feel the connection ... He is here. Feel the longing ...He is here. Feel the Unity ... He is here.

This is the gift ... just as it is ... ordinary is extraordinary. Commonplace is unique. Finite is infinite. Emptiness is fullness.

We are all totally overwhelmed ... drenched to the core by/in this Presence. Yet so overwhelmed by It, most don't even notice it. Yet, It's always, already here ... right before our eyes. Our senses all celebrate Its touch ... what we hear, what we see, all that we smell, feel and taste ... Its only ever God delighting in us ... through us ... as us.
And Rumi knows this so acutely.

"I should sell my tongue and buy a thousand ears," knowing just how exquisite these whisperings are to the "deep ear in the chest".

And yet, it's all God ... how else to say it?

Stop ... Listen ... stop... really stop and listen ...
and God is whispering through all and everything ... outside and in.
Listen with "a thousand ears" and follow the whispering back Home ... You are already here absolutely drenched to the core.

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