Thursday, May 25, 2006

Praising Manners...

Peace, one and all...
I haven't posted anything from Rumi for a couple of weeks and so I thought I'd present another of his interesting poems for our spiritual nourishment.
Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim...
'We should ask God to help us towards manners. Inner gifts
do not find their way
to creatures without just respect.
If a man or woman flails about, he not only
smashes his house,
he burns the world down.
Your depression is conneted to your insolence
and refusal to praise. Whoever feels himself
on the path, and refuses to praise - that man
or woman
steals from others every day - is a shoplifter!
The sun became full of light when it got hold of
Angels only began shining when they achieved
The sun goes out whenever the cloud of
not-praising comes.
The moment the foolish angel felt insolent, he
heard the door close'
(Taken from The Rumi Collection, ed. Kabir Helminski, p. 11)
This is a profound poem (as is usually the case with the Mevlana's writings). The title is similarly suggestive (though I suspect that this is the translator's title). Praising manners can either mean that manners (adab) is being applauded, or else it can refer to the manner in which one praises. Indeed, I suspect that both meanings are intended. At any rate, enjoy!
Ma'as salama,
Abdur Rahman
PS - the picture comes from Muslim Cultures


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