Friday, January 09, 2009

Rumi, On War and Conflict




- found at Jewschool.com

Move beyond any attachment to names.
Every war and every conflict
between human beings
has happened because of some disagreement
about names.
It’s such an unnecessary foolishness,
because just beyond the arguing
there’s a long table of companionship,
set and waiting for us to sit down.
What is praised is one, so the praise is
one too,
many jugs being poured into a huge
basin.
All religions, all this singing, one song.
The differences are just illusion and
vanity.
Sunlight looks slightly different on this
wall than it does on that wall.
and a lot different on this other one,
but it is still one light.
We have borrowed these clothes,
these time-and-space personalities,
from a light,
and when we praise,
we pour them back in.

1 Comments:

Blogger carey said...

I love this poem!
Thanks for posting it.
Maybe some will read it and think about the world today, and how we can apply this wisdom to our current affairs and situations.

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