Self-clinging begins as a way for the ego to protect itself and quickly transforms into an unending diabolical plan of world domination. It is “Brain” to the universe’s “Pinky.” Continually antagonizing over how to get those people over there to “like me,” “listen to me,” “understand me!” Rumi comes through to tell us to stop the foolishness. There is no safety in this world so leave the ducking and dodging alone (there are wild beasts in every cave)! There are two ways to see the world, as if you are in the world (judging highs and lows) or as if the world is in you (eyes that see from nowhere). When the world is in you, there is nothing to hide from, no pleasures too enticing or failures too catastrophic. You can teach a yoga class on a Saturday morning without giving any cares to what it means or what it may look like. In the world of highs and lows, we play a game that cannot be won (checkmate this way, checkmate that) — because impermanence law in that place. In the nowhere, there is nothing to defend and nothing to be gained; you are free to swim and dance and be at ease (you are the free swimming fish).
Don’t run around this world looking for a hole to hide in. There are wild beasts in every cave! If you live with mice, the cat claws will find you.
The only real rest comes when you’re alone with God.
Live in the nowhere that you came from, even though you have an address here. That’s why you see things in two ways. Sometimes you look at a person and see a cynical snake.
Someone else sees a joyful lover, and you’re both right! Everyone is half and half, like the black and white ox.
Joseph looked ugly to his brothers, and most handsome to his father. You have eyes that see from that nowhere, and eyes that judge distances, how high and how low.
You own two shops, and you run back and forth.
Try to close the one that’s a fearful trap, getting always smaller. Checkmate, this way. Checkmate that.
Keep open the shop where you’re not selling fishhooks anymore. You are the free swimming fish.