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Cry Out In Your Weakness

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Jun. 26th, 2006 | 02:52 pm
posted by: _ananda_ in dailyrumi


A dragon was pulling a bear into its terrible mouth.

A courageous man went and rescued the bear.
There are such helpers in the world, who rush to save
anyone who cries out. Like Mercy itself,
they run toward the screaming.

And they can't be bought off.
If you were to ask one of those, “Why did you come
so quickly?” he or she would say, “Because I heard
your helplessness.”

Where lowland is,
that's where water goes. All medicine wants
is pain to cure.

And don't just ask for one mercy.
Let them flood in. Let the sky open under your feet.
Take the cotton out of your ears, the cotton
of consolations, so you can hear the sphere-music.

Push the hair out of your eyes.
Blow the phlegm from your nose,
and from your brain.

Let the wind breeze through.
Leave no residue in yourself from that bilious fever.
Take the cure for impotence,
that your manhood may shoot forth,
and a hundred new beings come of your coming.

Tear the binding from around the foot
of your soul, and let it race around the track
in front of the crowd. Loosen the knot of greed
so tight around your neck. Accept your new good luck.

Give your weakness
to one who helps.

Crying out loud and weeping are great resources.
A nursing mother, all she does
is wait to hear her child.

Just a little beginning whimper,
and she's there.

God created the child, that is, your wanting,
so that it might cry out,
so that milk might come.

Cry out! Don't be stolid and silent
with your pain. Lament! And let the milk
of loving flow into you.

The hard rain and wind
are ways the cloud has
to take care of us.

Be patient.
Respond to every call
that excites your spirit.

Ignore those that make you fearful
and sad, that degrade you
back toward disease and death.



version by Coleman Barks
from "The Essential Rumi"

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theosophia

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from: theosophia
date: Jun. 26th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
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And don't just ask for one mercy.
Let them flood in. Let the sky open under your feet.
Take the cotton out of your ears, the cotton
of consolations, so you can hear the sphere-music.


ahah! thank for this! i've been looking for Rumi mentioning the inner sound/Music of the spheres for quite some time now. someone thought that Rumi only saw light, etc., but i could have sworn that he heard/referenced sound too. Both light and sound are two meditation techniques in my spiritual practice. woot! thanks again!

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tangled and far

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from: _ananda_
date: Jun. 29th, 2006 04:42 am (UTC)
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You're welcome : ) Glad you found what you'd been looking for.

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from: asphixiapixia
date: Jun. 27th, 2006 06:39 am (UTC)
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Where lowland is,
that's where water goes. All medicine wants
is pain to cure.


I love that part the best. Thank you.

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tangled and far

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from: _ananda_
date: Jun. 29th, 2006 04:45 am (UTC)
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You're welcome. I like that part too...and this part:

Cry out! Don't be stolid and silent
with your pain. Lament! And let the milk
of loving flow into you.

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Ahavah Ehyeh

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from: ahavah
date: Jun. 29th, 2006 03:11 am (UTC)
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This is awesome. I'm crossposting to several places where I think folks would enjoy.

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tangled and far

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from: _ananda_
date: Jun. 29th, 2006 04:49 am (UTC)
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It is isn't it.

I'm crossposting to several places where I think folks would enjoy.

That's good, Rumi is too inspiring and joyful not to be spread around.

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Ahavah Ehyeh

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from: ahavah
date: Jun. 29th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
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Indeed. dailyrumi was well-pimped yesterday (although I didn't realize it was Wed, and so I skipped my day *blushie*)

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