Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Will You Meet Me in the Field?

"Out beyond ideas of right doing and wrong doing there is a field. I'll meet you there."
Hung on the wall in my home library, this first line from a 13th century poem by Rumi has quietly inspired me with its sheer beauty and only recently has taken on a new life for me. It's hard to explain how this has come about and what that new life feels like. It's part having met with inspiring people, part meditation, part simply the journey I am on. What really matters is that I've had an overwhelming feeling about the importance of humanity and, on an individual level, our ability to see what we have in common with other people rather than what makes us different. At a core level that commonality is simply our humanity.

I've noticed the language of our culture has become increasingly divisive. (Or perhaps I've only become more aware?) People despise others based only on differences and how those differences make enemies.

I believe that if you put away those differences and look into the eyes and heart of your fellow human being, you'll find much in common to celebrate. You'll find love and compassion. That seems like a pretty good platform for dialog and peace.

The whole poem (interpreted into English) says:
Out beyond ideas of right doing and wrong doing,
there is a field. I'll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn't make any sense.

(from Essential Rumi by Coleman Barks)

2 comments:

anne clark said...

Simply, amply beautiful.
Reading Rumi always but after the recent destruction of Sufi shrines, the profundity is even deeper.

Nila said...

Thank you for your comment Anne. I love how you phrase it: "simply, amply beautiful."