Monday, November 1, 2010

Undressing

Learn the alchemy true human beings know.
The moment you accept what troubles
you've been given, the door will open.

Welcome difficulty, as a familiar comrade.
Joke with torment brought by the Friend.

Sorrows are the rags of old clothes
and jackets that serve to cover
and then are taken off.

That undressing,
and the naked body underneath,
is the sweetness that comes after grief.

—Rumi

9 comments:

Bonnie said...

yes, just slip them off and be one's naked, beautiful self

steven said...

john godolphin bennett, student of gurdjieff, teacher of my teachers said; "it is impossible to achieve the aim without suffering". it's the form the suffering takes that affords the kind of clarity rumi alludes to here. conscious suffering, in which you are afforded an awareness of the learnings braided into sorrow, indeed difficulty of any kind carries the greatest rewards.
rumi - knowing you as i do. i wish i knew you. steven

neighbor said...

Thank you for posting this, Dan. It was coincidentally related to a meditative/imaginational realization I had last night... funny to find the sentiments here, today. :-) I like synchronicities like that.

Gaia said...

Interestingly put. Blessings.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Bonnie— way inside we are deeply beautiful

Dan Gurney said...

steven, you've got a bit of rumi in you--it comes out in your poetry.

Dan Gurney said...

hi neighbor, synchronicities seem to happen quite often in this corner of the bloggosphere, or maybe we're just a group that notices them more.... don't know, but I'm glad to have been a part of one with you.

Dan Gurney said...

Gaia, well those are Rumi's words. They really spoke to me.

jeanne leigh said...

beautiful. thank you.