Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Love is Something

Here's the reading taken from A Year With Rumi by Coleman Barks for March 15.

Before death takes away what you are given, give away what there is to give.

No dead person grieves for his death. He mourns only what he didn’t do. Why did I wait? Why did I not...? Why did I neglect to?

I cannot think of better advice to send. I hope you like it. May you stay in your infinity.



Rumi’s message is one I try to remember and pass along.

I am grateful to teach kindergarten where I am expected to promote generosity and sharing. I teach these by my example and in many other ways including singing songs, none better than this little gem by Malvina Reynolds, “Love is Something.”

She sings her song with the panache of someone who knows homespun music beats manufactured music every time:

I had the pleasure of seeing and hearing and singing along with Malvina Reynolds when I was a student at UC Berkeley many years ago. The song has worn well.


Paul C said...

'Before death takes away what you are given, give away what there is to give.'

This quote is most meaningful. It's an apt reminder in a materialistic world. Yes, you can't take it with you...What can we share with others, rather than hoarding what we can accumulate?

The Pollinatrix said...

I am really taken with "stay in your infinity." I believe I will stay in that statement for a while to come.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Paul. Yes sometimes I am awestruck by the success marketeers have had in turning people into "consumers." Such a sad and limiting mindset. The very word is repugnant to me. Far better to be a producer or donor.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Polli. Cherish your infinity: it is love.

Our immeasurable infinity is suggested by the words in Malvina's song:

"Love is something when you give it away, you end up having more."

My experience bears out the truth of her words.

Ruth said...

I was touched by this reading, too, yesterday, Dan. Malvina's song will sing in my ears today. I think when we choose to love, even when the feelings aren't there, we are changed inside, and the feeling comes too.

Tess Kincaid said...

It certainly has.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Ruth! When I read that your Rumi blog had completed its circumnavigation of the year I felt a bit of disappointment. I had embarked late in the game. Then I realized that I could just post some highlights on Mindful Heart when so moved. As I did today. Thanks for launching the liner!

Dan Gurney said...

Tess, what wears better than an exhortation to love?

The Solitary Walker said...

Love the singer and the song, Dan. As you say, and have said before - there's nothing better than real, home-grown, heartfelt music.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Robert. Exactly. I had the pleasure last night to sing for a couple of hours with several dozen friends at an eatery nearby. Man, we had fun.