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Rumi: Breadmaking Poem (on love and God)

February 9, 2014

Hello Everyone,

Recently I have been reminded to enjoy the juiciness of life. To create my life: Movement, action, grace and vibrancy in my everyday life and in my being. To respect myself and care for my body. I was asked–do you live from the pain in life or from the pleasure? What do you hold on to and what does that bring to your life? Which do you choose to focus on, to pursue?

It reminds me of a poem I read in Rumi: the Book of Love translated by Barks Coleman and others. It’s called “Breadmaking” and it is about a scholar who has studied knowledge and yet never experienced life it seems. He disturbs the banquet of the king by protesting the good food and wine. Rumi says at this:

“This is sometimes how it is at God’s table.
Someone who has heard about ecstatic love, but never tasted it, disrupts the banquet.
He’s all fire and no light, all husk and no kernel.”

At this point in the poem, the king orders the cupbearer (the invisible guide) to “do what you must.” And the scholar is forced to enjoy himself and does just that, fully, even making love with aplomb.

The poem ends telling us: “A mutual embrace us always happening between the eternal and what dies, between essence and accident. The sport has different rules in every case, but it’s basically the same, and remember, the way you make love is the way God will be with you.”

This is the pleasure I see as the opposite of pain. For that pleasure is not a hedonistic search but instead arises from deep joy, passion and love for life. It creates vibrancy in our beings where we leave past hurts behind and have the freedom to create our lives anew. How do we find this place? look at the places of joy in your life and see where in you this joy, this pleasure arises. Care for yourself, nurture yourself and your joy. Take action and see what grows.

Hail to the Joy of Being!


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