Friday, May 06, 2005


In sufi circles they say, "There's prayer, and a step up from that is meditation, and a step up from that is sohbet, or conversation." Who is talking to HU! (The pronoun for divine presence.) Lover to beloved, teacher to disciple. The friendship of Rumi and Shams became a continuous conversation, in silence and words, presence talking to absence, existence to non-existence, periphery to center. Rumi's poetry may be heard as eavesdropping on that exchange.

Coleman Barks: Say I Am You
source: The HU in Rumi's Poetry

They want their cake and eat it too
Like mobile phones and welfare state
While clinging to their ancient faith
That speaks of hate but not of hu.


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