Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I'll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase "each other" doesn't make any sense.
mevlana jelaluddin rumi - 13th century
The Eye of the Universe!!
Once upon a time, Rumi the great great philosopher, poet scholar of 13th century was in a heated discussion and debate with a fundamentalist frozen minded scholar that would announce anything that is not tested or permitted by scriptures wrong. Only Sharia and the so called words of prophet was right. Anything else blasphemy. The opponent was getting worked out, angry, very insulting. Rumi listened carefully as his habit always was in regard to his Muslim, Jewish , Christian and non believer friends . Not only that. He would converse with a stray dog, listen to a prostitute’s tough life complains in the street for an hour without caring to be seen there.
So he listens carefully at the end the says, you know Sheikh? I know I am right, but everything you said was right too. We both are.
It is hard to get that concept. Very very hard indeed. So let me explain the best I can. I hope I get you there somehow.
You can look around you and chose to use your human judgement. Let your narrow minded religious, tribal, patriotic, national, linguistic predispositions rule over you mind, cloud your judgement, be rude and unappreciative of others, explode in anger, hurt yourself and your own kinds. All our human problems throughout history come from this kind of mentality. We killed, we destroyed and caused pain. Just because the only truth is our truth. Sick, narrow, illiterate, unwise.
Rumi, on the other hand saw the world not through the Human eyes, but through the eyes of the Universe.
Like I said in my other post about Good and Bad in one of my blogs, there is no black and white, there are only shades of grey, lighter, darker and so on, People who are kind enough to read almost everything I write, have seen it. If not, it is in my blog (Noaccent.blogspot.com) , my philosophy blog, not my poetry one.
So what is Universal truth that you can only see it through the eyes of the Universe?
That, there is no one Universal truth, one true path. Universe is filled with gazillion time gazillion(s) truths or facts.
Don’t you feel sorry for a fawn, chased by lion, torn apart to pieces and makes a meal before get a chance to be a handsome gazelle? You sure do, I surely did, with my deep thinking mind, I was thinking about that one fact, was enough to make me angry and say there is no loving God, there is no justice in Universe. That is because I was looking through the veil in my eyes and fog in my brain.
Yes there is justice in this world. Justice in the world means, nothing stops laws of physics act the way they should. Those are the only commandments God or supreme being has written, laws of physics and nature. And the orderly or seemingly disorderly rule of the Universe. No Magics, no Miracles. Every act by itself is a Miracle.
Back to the fawn and lion, the blueprint is given. The Universe doesn't care, if the fawn runs away and make it for another three years and be full grown deer or gazelle, or get caught. Or the lion catches meal or go hungry. They both have their instincts and their abilities. Universe is too busy, creating galaxies and stars, let them live 8 billion years, make them explode, create new stars.Feed the black-holes with full solar systems as a meal for dinner etc etc. Even there the detail is not important to him/it, the solar system got eaten or shoots as run away star, who cares. Eventually the laws of nature will do its work the way it is supposed to be. So is it true that eating the fawn is good or is it true that eating the fawn in bad? Is it Good for fawn to run away, or is it right for him to be eaten? Depends how fawns mom or Lion are thinking. For the Universe both are right. 3 years or three months that the fawn or deer or gazelle can live are smaller than nano second in the time scale of Universe. They both ( Lion and Fawn) should go, eventually die. It doesn't make a difference. None has a stamped birth certificate that says they live for ever. They just play their nanosecond roles. What comes next, your guess is as good as mine. In my opinion we all join nonexistence and nonexistence is God.
I hope this clarified why Rumi was right and so was his opponent. His opponent was right because that was all he was capable to understand: Books, scriptures, tradition of Sharia. He wasn't able to free his mind from web and mold of suggestion. Rumi was right because he was always looking through the eyes of the Universe, not humans .
By Kabuli October9 2013
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