The Root Of The Root Of Your Self

Rumi

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Awakin FeatureDon’t go away, come near.
Don’t be faithless, be faithful.
Find the antidote in the venom.
Come to the root of the root of yourself.

Molded of clay, yet kneaded
from the substance of certainty,
a guard at the Treasury of Holy Light —
come, return to the root of the root of your Self.

Once you get hold of selflessness,
You’ll be dragged from your ego
and freed from many traps.
Come, return to the root of the root of your Self.

You are born from the children of God’s creation,
but you have fixed your sight too low.
How can you be happy?
Come, return to the root of the root of your Self.

You were born from a ray of God’s majesty
and have the blessings of a good star.
Why suffer at the hands of things that don’t exist?
Come, return to the root of the root of your Self.

You are a ruby embedded in granite.
How long will you pretend it’s not true?
We can see it in your eyes.
Come to the root of the root of your Self.

You came here from the presence of that fine Friend,
a little drunk, but gentle, stealing our hearts
with that look so full of fire; so,
come, return to the root of the root of your Self.

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Poetry of Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi
Translated by Kabir Helminski

Seed questions for reflection: What does the root of the root of your self mean to you? Can you share a personal experience of a time you returned to the root of the root of your self? What helps you realize that you are a ruby embedded in granite?

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    On Feb 4, 2019 cw wrote:
    thanks for the post

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    On Jan 28, 2019 balasubramanian wrote:
    Currently I have been through seven weeks of an affliction in my liver where some tissues hgone into hyperactive mitosis. I am through the attendant hospital visits and confinement to the four walls of my residence. A great opportunity for me to explore my past . I have written a few blogs to get away from the monopoly of immobility. This writing has helped me to find myself out in greater detail.The rest is for the readers.The blogs are being shared now.

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    On Nov 23, 2018 Angela C. Montano wrote:

     I am so grateful to have received this email....to be reading these words translated from Rumi's poetry. Just reading these words, I begin to return to the root of the root of myself. For me, everytime I am willing to question a stressful thought and realize it is false, I come back to the root of the root of me. 


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    On Nov 20, 2018 Quacinda Jodyne Topkok wrote:
     What does the root of the root of your self mean to you?    It means the REAL me.. not the one described with thought and verbal description.    Can you share a personal experience of a time you returned to the root of the root of your self?    I don't know if I have an exact or a dramatic moment of when I came to realize who I really was. Again, keeping in mind that one cannot describe who we each are, I'd suggest that we are life it's self, and the One who created us is the only one who can help us know or realize who we really are.    What helps you realize that you are a ruby embedded in granite?   Stories help me.. and when I hear a story or a description of the deepest part of me, I just know if it's true also for me.    These stories, these words and descriptions only scratch the surface.  They are just words and words are just symbols, they represent an idea or thought. And the descript... [View Full Comment]
     What does the root of the root of your self mean to you? 
     
    It means the REAL me.. not the one described with thought and verbal description. 
     
    Can you share a personal experience of a time you returned to the root of the root of your self? 
     
    I don't know if I have an exact or a dramatic moment of when I came to realize who I really was. Again, keeping in mind that one cannot describe who we each are, I'd suggest that we are life it's self, and the One who created us is the only one who can help us know or realize who we really are. 
     
    What helps you realize that you are a ruby embedded in granite?
     
    Stories help me.. and when I hear a story or a description of the deepest part of me, I just know if it's true also for me. 
     
    These stories, these words and descriptions only scratch the surface.  They are just words and words are just symbols, they represent an idea or thought. And the description is only accurate if the meaning is identical for both the teller and the listener.. If there are misunderstandings of the symbols or different descriptions then the story is scewed  or twisted, it is not accurate. 
     
    But if I can identidy with the storyteller then I sense or feel that the storyteller understands [me]; I can express or affirm who I am, what I felt, and can confirm or give feedback about the truth of MY experience or story. 
     
    What really helps me the most is to connect to my creator. The Creator is the one who knows who I really am, and if I am still enough from my busy life I can contemplate on life and who I am, and disciver my place in the creation of all. 
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    On Nov 17, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
    When I am not driven by my selfishness and self-centeredness and my egoic mind, I sense and experience the oneness of all life, the light within, the Root of the Root of My Self. I see and feel the presence of Love connecting me with the source of eternal light. When I hold a baby crying close to my heart, feed a hungry man, help someone deeply saddened by the loss of his beloved, I feel my heart touching the other's heart. These are the times I feel returning to the root of the root of myself. Such selfless and going beyond my self-experiences help me realize that I am ruby embedded in granite.I feel the outer covers of separateness breaking away showing the ruby shining within my inner self. According to my understanding and experience, wisdom tradtions of spiritualiy, the source of creation is within us; there is inherent divinity in all lof us regardless of outward differences. Rumi calls it the Root of the Root of Yourself. The veil of avidya-ignorance-causes the illusi... [View Full Comment] When I am not driven by my selfishness and self-centeredness and my egoic mind, I sense and experience the oneness of all life, the light within, the Root of the Root of My Self. I see and feel the presence of Love connecting me with the source of eternal light. When I hold a baby crying close to my heart, feed a hungry man, help someone deeply saddened by the loss of his beloved, I feel my heart touching the other's heart. These are the times I feel returning to the root of the root of myself.

    Such selfless and going beyond my self-experiences help me realize that I am ruby embedded in granite.I feel the outer covers of separateness breaking away showing the ruby shining within my inner self.

    According to my understanding and experience, wisdom tradtions of spiritualiy, the source of creation is within us; there is inherent divinity in all lof us regardless of outward differences. Rumi calls it the Root of the Root of Yourself.
    The veil of avidya-ignorance-causes the illusion of separateness form the Divine source of creation. Once the veil is removed, we can see the light of the eternal being, the Presence, the Treasure of Holy Light.

    Namaste!
    Jagdish P Dave[Hide Full Comment]

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    On Nov 17, 2018 david doane wrote:

    The root of the root of my self is my essence, my soul, the extension of God that is me.  I don't know when I became aware of the root of the root of my self.  I think I was honing in on it for a long time, and got there maybe a dozen years ago, I think by being dissatisfied with beliefs I had, questioning, seeking, being open, listening to me and to the wisdom of teachers like Rumi, and letting go of beliefs that didn't make sense.  A ruby embedded in granite means to me that I am an expression of God embodied in flesh and bone and material reality.  What helps me to realize that is being open, listening to the wisdom of teachers, letting go, waking up, seeing.


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