Monday, October 23, 2006

"That Lives in Us"

In conjunction of Divali and Aidil Fitri, I thought I would just post this poem by Jalalud'din Rumi as a short meditation during this joyous and meaningful time of prayers and celebrations. :)

That Lives in Us

If you put your hands on this oar with me,
they will never harm another, and they will come to find
they hold everything you want.

If you put your hands on this oar with me, they would no longer
lift anything to your
mouth that might wound your precious land-
that sacred earth that is
your body.

If you put your soul against this oar with me,
the power that made the universe will enter your sinew
from a source not outside your limbs, but from a holy realm
that lives in us.

Exuberant is existence, time a husk.
When the moment cracks open, ecstasy leaps out and devours space;
love goes mad with the blessings, like my words give.

Why lay yourself on the torturer’s rack of the past and future?
The mind that tries to shape tomorrow beyond its capacities
will find no rest.

Be kind to yourself, dear- to our innocent follies.
Forget any sounds or touch you knew that did not help you dance.
You will come to see that all evolves us.

If you put your heart against the earth with me, in serving
every creature, our Beloved will enter you from our sacred realm
and we will be, we will be
so happy.

by Jalalud'din Rumi




Blogger bibliobibuli said...

that's a lovely poem to choose for the festive season, dreamer idiot. i love rumi and the way his word make you focus on much more than yourself and remember what's important.

"time a husk"? love that concept. stay in the moment. and in every moment ecstasy is possible.

have a good holiday.

8:23 AM, October 24, 2006  
Blogger Sharanya Manivannan said...

This is beautiful, dreamer idiot!

"If you put your hands on this oar with me,
they will never harm another, and they will come to find
they hold everything you want." These lines could be such profound, perfect wedding vows.

5:20 PM, October 25, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh...this is really nice.

not sure if i've ever mentioned this, but i'm happy this blog was started.

3:24 PM, October 26, 2006  
Blogger lainieyeoh said...

strange. i'm not getting logged in. comment above was mine, anyhow.

3:25 PM, October 26, 2006  
Blogger dreamer idiot said...

Hi Lainie,

Thanks so much for your comment and for linking our blog too! Yes, I'm glad we got it going, and hope to keep it going too, but sometimes I feel a bit disappointed, judging by the stats, and wished there was greater interest among Malaysians, who are our main target audience. I for one am a firm believer in the humanistic value of reading literature, although it doesn't seem to be highly regarded among the general Malaysian population.

12:00 AM, October 27, 2006  
Anonymous lil ms d said...


we should do a picnic soon! klcc park? lake gardens?

11:54 AM, October 28, 2006  
Blogger madcap machinist said...

Lake Gardens, then we can go rowing :-)

These lines are familiar to me. As a young boy I had a (much older) pen friend who sent me Rumi to read and write about. I lost those letters... in one of them was this very same poem.

It was a long time ago but these lines brought everything back, "Exuberant is existence, time a husk. / When the moment cracks open, ecstasy leaps out and devours space; / love goes mad with the blessings, like my words give." I am thinking, how apt...

It was some of the first (serious) poetry I ever read, and here they are again. I think they are as beautiful as ever. Thanks DI.

7:33 AM, October 29, 2006  
Blogger dreamer idiot said...

Yes, a lovely poem that extends both the mind and the soul. I was only introduced to Rumi this year and enjoyed some of his verses so much that I am tempted to buy at least a seletion of his poems.

Haha, picnic sounds good, but I would have to insist you guys go on ahead without me... otherwise it won't materialise. Why not go ahead and plan... and I'll see if I can make it. :)

1:01 PM, October 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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i am glad i found this site.

enar arshad.

3:28 PM, October 31, 2006  
Blogger Leilanie said...

I just found this blog ....

Something I cannot relate to, but my son would definitely go goo-goo-ga-ga on.
My son loves poems and poetry.

He's at

and I'll lead him to this.

3:39 PM, October 31, 2006  
Blogger dreamer idiot said...

Thank you both for visiting and your kind words.

Arshad, we hope you visit our blog from time and find poems that you like.

Leilanie, yes, this blog is created for people like your son, but it's also for people who know little much about poetry like yourself.


12:39 AM, November 01, 2006  
Blogger thewailer said...

rumi's poetry excites the twirling dervish inside me :)

6:53 AM, November 03, 2006  
Blogger dreamer idiot said...

Hahaha... Wailer, how apt.

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