Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Only Breath - A brilliant, majestic piece of poetry by RUMI

I don’t mind and its ok, that you no need to read anything from this blog but only this. It’s a master piece of words and those words which revealed core value of life. Although we miss here original phonetic and linguistic appeal of this poetry as we lost few dimensions in the English translation. Still it is as divine, absolute and as original for its universality. The poem is layered with Mysticism, but also the simplicity and universality RUMI evoked through this poem in very strong way.

Video created by Four Seasons Productions also moving and very effective with rumi’s words. Using earth image and whole living being as combined one entity, one breath and it depicts its existence through space or infinite cosmos. Earth and its vast loneliness, but it propagated a declaration of life itself.
And it is very humble declaration.

This grand old man gives you his eyes and his wisdom……… just take it.
And Let RUMI levitate you to transcendental state of being along side him.

Only Breath

Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu
Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religion

or cultural system. I am not from the East
or the West, not out of the ocean or up

from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not
composed of elements at all. I do not exist,

am not an entity in this world or in the next,
did not descend from Adam and Eve or any

origin story. My place is placeless, a trace
of the traceless. Neither body or soul.

I belong to the beloved, have seen the two
worlds as one and that one call to and know,

first, last, outer, inner, only that
breath breathing human being.

"Only Breath" was written in the 13th century by the Sufi mystic poet Jalal ad-Din Rumi.
Translated and recited in this film by Coleman Barks.

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