Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Rumi - One Song

[From Raza Rumi] The Islam that Rumi speaks from within is not one that separates us into different religions. Amazingly, it is one that celebrates how we can meet in Friendship and sing One Song. Here is one of his most famous poems.

This is how Rumi sings Ekonkar - And his message is that singing (praising) is the way to pour back the "light" we received in the first place. Praising is therefore a color of singing ... Indian classical musicians sing praises in raag Jaijaiwanti! In Jaijaiwanti Guru Tegh Bahadur says, "That is your purpose, Remember Raam!"

One Song

Every war and every conflict between human beings
has happened because of some disagreement about names.

It is such an unnecessary foolishness,
because just beyond the arguing
there is a long table of companionship
set and waiting for us to sit down.

What is praised is one, so the praise is one too,
many jugs being poured into a huge basin.
All religions, all this singing, one song.
The differences are just illusion and vanity.
Sunlight looks a little different on this wall
than it does on that wall
and a lot different on this other one,
but it is still one light.

We have borrowed these clothes,
these time-and-space personalities,
from a light, and when we praise,
we are pouring them back in.