THE LOVER - THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR
The way of the lover is that of the peaceful warrior, whose journey home is transformed by the glance of the Beloved
From the gentlest and most cautious of beginnings we will one day be ready to drop everything and run towards the Master - despite the lure of the world ,our
confused egos, our failure and the blackest of separations.
Master Rumi speaks of this preparation that the mystics themselves have gone through, and that we too must go through the preparation that will enable us to face his light.
Says Rumi, The bodies of holy men and women have the ability to endure the unconditional light that can tear mountain ranges to pieces.
Joseph is taking a walk In the beginning his light is gentle we are drawn to the light of his eyes and our life is never the same .
Then we begin to see our Master in our daily life
As Rumi says so sweetly:
The light of Josephs face, when he passed by a house would filter through the lattice and make a radiance on the wall. People would notice and say " Joseph must be taking a walk".
All that is positive in us is a reflection of our Master.
Each remembrance in simran, every moment we devote to hearing the Sound even the smallest memory of him even the tiniest desire to turn to him to see him tells us that our Master is taking a walk.
He is passing by our window, his light has filtered through the lattice of our mind, and we are seeing its reflection. But Rumi, like all mystics doesnt stop with satisfaction in reflections. He continues:
Its fortunate to have a window that faces that way! Open it up and stay at the opening so you can have more delight in Joseph!
The window that faces the beloved Of all of the millions of life forms in this creation in this particular life - in no more than a six hour play we have been given the human form and initiation- the window of the eye centre that faces our Beloved.
Every being has this window but without the Master it is closed curtained and shuttered. To open it we must receive initiation and give our attention to it ... the
hard incessant work of attention, the love play of attention.
Rumi tells us the work of love is to open that window and look incessantly on the beloved.
You can do it . You already have the precious mixture that will make you well.... Use it.
The Saints keep no secrets., they tell us exactly how to make rapid spiritual progress, how to become a lover.
Their desire is to take us out of this creation as quickly as possible... If they seem to work slowly we only need to look to ourselves and our own non-action.
Let the four birds go
On the path of love we move in one direction alone - towards him.
Right now we are like the four birds of earth water fire air , tied together and each one attempting to fly in its own direction, towards its own desired end.
Meanwhile the soul with its nostalgia for the Lord is left pining.
Consider how the soul must be, in the midst of these tensions, feeling its own exalted pole
My longing is more profound ... these birds want the sweet green herbs and the water running by
I want the infinite ... I want wisdom
These birds want orchards and meadows
I want a vast expansion
They want profit and the security of having enough food
We understand that the bird of our earth element is interested in money and security.
The bird of our water element focuses on lust and all its craving.
The bird of our fire element goes to anger, rivalry and thoughts of violence
The bird of our air element is possessive jealous and attached .
These four birds are tied by the strong twine of ego.
God breaks the wings of our intention and then give you another,
cuts the rope of contriving so you will remember your dependence.
But sometimes your plans works out you feel fullfilled and in control
That is because if you were always failing you might give up.
But remember it is by failures that lovers stay aware of how they are loved.
A lover doest figure the odds
A lover gambles everything, the self, the circle around the zero.
A lover cuts and throws it all away
Lovers run and they run.......
Ours is the way of the peaceful warrior who's action is to remember him with every breath, to our last breath...
"Try hard to conceal love
But it cannot be concealed
once it has taken hold of a person
Even if one does not talk about it
The eyes disclose it"