the most real

By: alexanderlewin

Mar 15 2016

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Category: Poetry, Rumi, Sufism


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With love, there is one step, then another,
the most real being the step from
pre-existence into existence.

You think that in nonexistence
you see many different beings. Not so.
Rub your eyes and look again.

In nonexistence, there is only not-ness,
annihilation-in-God, everywhere only that.

Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273)
tr.Coleman Barks
from Rumi: Soul Fury
Rumi and Shams Tabriz on Friendship
HarperCollins 2014

raccoon of nonexistence (4)

Nonexistence is another name for the mystery that [Rumi] sometimes calls the friend or the beloved. Shams Tabriz and sunlight. Shams, in Arabic,
means “the sun.”
A distinction is made here between being “in love” and being “in nonexistence.” In oneness (nonexistence), there are not “many different lives.” No lover, no beloved. I do not claim to understand this very well. But please don’t try to help me with it.
I would rather talk about what was walking on my roof last night. Most likely the big raccoon, scary as death, that I saw coming toward me down the driveway, like my wild cousin Tom Lamar. I may be beginning to understand nonexistence. Every word that Rumi spoke comes from there.

from Coleman’s Notes on the Rumi Quatrains

raccoon of nonexistence (10)




2 comments on “the most real”

  1. Ethereal and existential. Excellent.

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