May I live at the empty radiant heart of Paradox

Salma:
What does Rumi mean by a heart of paradox? Accepting, wholeheartedly the paradoxes of life?

Me:
Unless we understand the seemingly illogical – which is a hell for the Western mind conditioned by “either-or”-, we have no chance of directly getting at this…

“If I was to choose between a truth and a paradox, I would most decidedly choose the paradox”. (M.Eliade)

We know by now that everything follows the trajectory of no trajectory, meaning that nothing follows a predetermined pattern…Everything is thus a divine play between paradoxes – Lila, in Sanscrit. So, it´s about embracing the paradoxes, but at the same time living beyond them into the core of things…- that is, in radiant emptiness, which is the void – Sunyata – as the Buddhists call it. The big dilemma is that we can´t know the Void directly, unless the Mind has been consumed and “torn apart” in the contradiction of the paradoxes…

The holy in-between…

The cure of pain is in the pain

Paul sent me on Facebook this meaningful quote by Rumi, which felt like a great reminder this evening. Here is our dialogue:

– To acknowledge pain is to also acknowledge your aloneness. And that, if anything, is terribly challenging.The pain of loneliness and the loneliness of pain…So yes…the cure is both “in” the pain and loneliness, but also beyond…in togetherness… Or…?
– Ah yes, in UNITY with the divine…
– Participating in this dialogue now is alleviating the pain…it means that we are United…aren´t we…?
– Yes I’d like to think so.
– What happens if you cease thinking, at least in this very now?
– Then I realize what IS.
– And what is, is a shared Emotion…which is the cure. Fact is, that either we heal together, or continue to suffer separately…
– Brilliant.

And you?

When will you begin that long journey into yourself?

– Rumi

Wonderful

“When I am silent, I fall into that place where everything is music.”
-Rumi

Who wants to change and why?

Rumi says:

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.
Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

This, for sure, sounds enchantingly true. Hope mr Rumi doesn´t take offense
as I would like to add:

“Now I am even more astute, so I neither want to change the world,
nor myself.”

At the end of the day, what does this “changing myself” really entails?
Who wants to change and why?…

What authority within oneself claims to “change itself”?…
Change from what to what…?

It is so redundant …- how can we ever change, when Change is all there is…?

Indeed, instead of trying to change ourselves or the world, we should rather
go along with Change.

So the only viable question is:

Am I resisting or go with the constant flow of change?

Balance

If you don’t find true balance, anyone can deceive you.
~Rumi

A great quote

“Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots.”

 – Rumi

(Courtesy of underthebluedoor.org)

So beautiful a quote

I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.
Rumi

Rumi says

If you are ugly, learn how to dance.

Rumi

Forget any sound or touch you knew that didn’t help you dance.