bobby1933 (bobby1933) wrote,

Some Comments On A Sufi Poem

I posted this poem a couple of days ago without comment because i thought the poem perfectly expressed its meaning.  But now i want to comment on one aspect of it.  The poem seems to describe a series of miraculous events: a word full of strangers suddenly becomes a world full of potentiaol friends; a universe full of roseless thorns suddenly becomes a universe full of thornless roses; a life full of despair and groaning becomes a life full of joy;  separateness becomes togetherness; division becomes unity; what used to matter greatly now matters not at all.  Here is a fragment of that poem:

I thought that in this whole world
     no beloved for me remained.

Then I left myself.
     Now no stranger in the world remains.

I used to see in every object a thorn
     but never a rose--

the universe became a rose garden.
     Not a single thorn remains.

I don't know how it happened--.

-- from Quarrel
Poetry Chaikhana | Sacred Poetry from Around the World

You can call it a miracle if you want.  I am stasrting to like that word.  You can also see a simple example of cause and effect.  If i change my attitude or my perspective, the whole universe changes from my point of view.

If i don't really care that much about roses and am terribly annoyed by thorns, i will pay diminished attention to roses and  increassed attention to thorns.  Eventually "every object" will be essentially thorny,  If i learn to appreciate roses and accept thorns, i will pay increasing attention to roses and less attention to thorns, until the roses appear to be magnivicent and everywhere and the thorns becomes almost unnoticable (unless i stick myself). "The universe becomes a rose garden."

The mystic simply takes this process one step farther.

But i don't need to become a mystic right now.  It is enough for me that the beauty of the world seems to outweigh its ugliness, rather than the other way around.
Tags: 12 step programs, acceptance, perspective
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