Saturday, September 10, 2016

Poetry: Rumi On Perception


The five spiritual senses are linked with one another: all the five have grown from one root.2
The strength of one invigorates the others: each becomes a cupbearer to the rest.
Vision increases the power of speech; the inspired speech makes vision more penetrating.
Clairvoyance sharpens every sense, so that perception of the unseen becomes familiar to them all.
When one sheep has jumped over a stream, the whole flock jump across on each other’s heels.
Drive the sheep, thy senses, to pasture; let them browse in the verdant meadow of Reality,
That every sense of thine may become an apostle to others and lead all their senses into that Paradise;
And then those senses will tell their secret to thine, without words and without conveying either literal or metaphorical meanings.3

1 Math. II, 3236.
2 The faculties of the soul, corresponding to the five bodily senses, are derived from the Universal Spirit and serve to manifest Divine attributes: they are not separate and distinct but involved in one another. As Edward Carpenter says, “this (mystical) perception seems to be one in which all the senses unite into one sense.”
3 The illumined saint comes as an apostle to shed light on all and guide them to the Truth. He reads their hearts by pure intuition; his knowledge is infallible, since it is not communicated to him by words, which could only be ambiguous and misleading.

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