RUMI knew all about #evolution…
"We began as a mineral.
We emerged into plant life and into
the animal state, and then to being human.
And always we have forgotten our former states,
except in early spring,
when we dimly recall being green again.
That is how a young person turns
towards a teacher, how a baby leans
towards the breast, without knowing
the secret of its desire,
yet turning instinctively.
So humankind is being led along
an evolving course through this migration
of intelligences, and though we seem
to be sleeping, there is an inner wakefulness
that directs the dream.
It will eventually startle us back
to the truth of who we are.
— Rumi, “An Evolving Course”
I think that people with #autism are born outside the regime of civilization. Sure, this is just my own made-up theory, but I think that, as a result of all the killings in the world and the selfish planet-wrecking that humanity has committed, a deep sense of crisis exists.
Autism has somehow arisen out of this. Although people with autism look like other people physically, we are in fact very different in many ways. We are more like travelers from the distant, distant past. And if, by our being here, we could help the people of the world remember what truly matters for the Earth, that would give us a quiet pleasure.
— Naoki Higashida, “The Reason I Jump”
When I am with you, we stay up all night.
When you are not here, I can’t go to sleep.
Praise God for these two Insomnias.
And the difference between them.
— Rumi, “When I Am with You”
This is how a human being can change.
There is a worm
addicted to eating grape leaves.
Suddenly, he wakes up,
call it grace, whatever, something
wakes him, and he is no longer a worm.
He is the entire vineyard,
and the orchard too, the fruit, the trunks,
a growing wisdom and joy
that does not need to devour.
— Rumi, “The Worm’s Waking”
Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you."
— Kahlil Gibran, “The Prophet”
"St. Francis of Assisi: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is darkness, let me bring light. Where there is sadness, let me bring joy."
— St Francis of Assisi
“…Many things must be left unsaid because it is late,
but whatever conversation we have not had
tonight, we will have tomorrow.”"
— Rumi, excerpt from ‘Spring’
Spring is Christ
Everyone has eaten and fallen asleep.
The house is empty.
We walk out to the garden to let the apple
meet the peach, to carry messages
between rose and jasmine.
Spring is Christ,
raising martyred plants from their shrouds.
A leaf trembles. I tremble
in the wind- beauty like silk from Turkestan.
The censers fans into flame.
This wind is the Holy Spirit.
The trees are Mary.
Watch how husband and wife play subtle games
with their hands. Strings of cloudy pearls
are thrown across the lovers,
as is the marriage custom.
We talk about this and that. There is no rest
except on these branching moments.
— Rumi, “Spring is Christ”