Rumi Moment of the Week


Damn that Rumi!

I swear any time I feel like I have come up with something original from my soul, I end up discovering this dude said it centuries ago! For instance, a few years ago I started saying “swimming and dancing” when replying to the mindless “how are you?”  question we ask one another but don’t at all care to know. Swimming and Dancing! I thought this was just a beautiful (and clever) way to describe being an eager participant in life.

But then I came across these words from Rumi:

…half of any person is wrong and weak and off the path. Half! The other half is dancing and swimming and flying in the invisible joy.” 

What?!?! Not only did he make more sense but he topped it by adding “flying in the invisible joy.” Yes man! That is what I am talking about.

So, if you were not aware before today, I’d like to take a moment to let you know that there is a good portion of you that is ‘flying in the invisible joy’ all of the time. While you are arguing with your spouse, sitting in traffic, standing in line at the grocery store, punishing your body at the gym, or at the lawyer’s office putting the final touches on a living will…HALF of you is flying in the invisible joy.

This path often boils down to bringing my awareness to this fact, as often as possible, until it becomes automatic. Yup.

Dang Rumi…next thing you know I’m going to come across an excellent poem in which he tells everyone to ‘drop everything, be beautiful, dance, enjoy yourself through life.” At which point he and I will no longer be on speaking terms.


Four Interrupted Prayers by Rumi

Four Indians enter a mosque and begin the prostrations. 

Deep, sincere praying. 


But a priest walks by, and one of the Indians, without

thinking, says, “Oh,


are you going to give the call to prayer now? Is it time?”

The second Indian, under 


his breath, “you spoke. Now your prayers are invalid.” 

The third, “Uncle, don’t scold him!


You did the same thing. Correct yourself.” The fourth, 

“Praise to God, I


have not made the mistake of these three.” So all four

prayers are interrupted, with 


the three faultfinders being more at fault than the

original speaker. Blessed


is one who sees his weakness, and blessed is one who, when

he sees a flaw in someone


else, takes responsibility for it. Because, half of any person

is wrong and weak and off


the path. Half! The other half is dancing and swimming and

flying in the invisible joy. You 


have ten open sores on your head. Put what salve you have

on yourself. And point out


to everyone the dis-ease you are. That’s part of getting 

well! When you lance yourself


that way, you become more merciful and wiser. Even if you 

don’t have a particular


fault at the moment, you may soon be the one who makes some act notorious.

Don’t feel


self-satisfied. Lucifer lived eons as a noble angel. Think

what his name means now. 


Don’t try to be famous until your face is completely washed

of any fear. If your beard


hasn’t grown out, don’t joke about someone’s smooth chin.

Consider how Satan swallowed


soul poison, and be grateful that you taste only the

sweetness of being warned. 


One comment on “Rumi Moment of the Week

  1. grandmalin says:

    How are you? Fine, thank you, because I’m flying in the invisible joy. 😀 Perfect. The quote is also perfect. Lovely post.

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