Something opens our wings.
Something makes boredom and hurt disappear.
Someone fills the cup in front of us.
We taste only sacredness.
RUMI (translated by Coleman Barks)
This excerpt from A Year With Rumi, captures wonderfully the heart of the mystic and the heart of the seeker. I am always looking for that something. I like to call it Something with a capital S because I think that it represents the God as I wish to experience the Divine. I consider myself to be Christian. Christianity doesn’t always give me language or access to the how I experience God. But under the umbrella of Christianity, I belied that God so loved the world that God broker into the physical world to be a personal, relatable example of what it means to live life the best and fullest way. To live Wholly/Holy. So my living experience of God though Christ includes notion that God certainly has the capacity to break through to everyone in ways that relate and connect with them. And my experience of the Divine can only be enhanced when I hear how others also experience the Divine. It is not possible for any human to have all the answers.
An African concept, philosophy that has been translated into a theology is known as Ubuntu. There are many ways of defining Ubuntu and many applications but ultimately it’s core meaning is that a person is a person through other people. I can only be me, because you are you and we are in we. I am only me when there is other and therefore an other’s perspective of me. As a theology it means, I can experience God as I identify the concept of Divine, by knowing how you understand the meaning and reality of God as you name or experience that word.
So I am drawn to interfaith situations in order to learn more about how others experience Divinity. And Rumi, through this terrific translation by Coleman Banks, speaks to my seeking heart today!
May you enjoy the taste of sacredness this day!