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Rumi "Empty the Glass of Your Desire"

Added: Sunday, September 24th 2006 at 3:38pm by drewburr
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Poems are like pictures reflecting in water, they never seem to be what they look like. You are always second guessing yourself into what you think the poets side of view or what they are trying to accomplish through their poems. Personally I have always disliked poems, because I could never figure out what he/she was trying to convey through there writings. When reading through many of Rumi’s poems I have found my self in that same boat. Just can’t quit figure out everything that is stated. One poem that I did enjoy reading, for the most part was “Empty the Glass of your desire,” from his selected lyric poems in the book Love is a Stranger.

The poem seems to stem from the idea that you need to stop thing of your desires and just enjoy what you have in life here and now. There are always going to be so many different desires that you want. You need to really think which ones are important in life and which ones are not. You as a human need to forget about the petty things that gets in the way. As stated in his poem “you keep complaining about others and all they owe you?” Dwelling on what people should be doing or what you think that they may owe you just makes your life even harder and more complicated. Then it goes on saying “well forget about them; just be in His presence.” What does Rumi mean by this? Is he suggesting that if they know that they owe you something it will be in their mind more and have more of an affect mentally? Or is he suggesting that all you need to do is, be in “His” presence, referring to god himself. I don’t know! If he was, how is that going to make you forget about what you think others oweyou? I just get lost reading poems. I try to understand what they are trying to convey. But I usually end up confusing myself even more. I just felt that Rumi’s main message is to just think of you and take care of yourself. Not to always worry about the little things that seem to bother you day in and day out. Take advantage of what the world has and not what it could be.

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