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Rumi on Enlightenment

Added: Sunday, September 17th 2006 at 11:11pm by kbbstab
Related Tags: education

On the whole, the concept of enlightenment is a fascinating subject. The fact that human beings long to have a purpose and know everything that can be known is very important to the advancement of our species. No matter what the religious, spiritual, or intellectual backgrounds a person may have, we still all strive to achieve a feeling of self worth and contentness. To in some way think of what the purpose to life is and/or realize things about their individualism. While reading a compilation of Jelaluddin Rumi's poems, I noticed that he addresses these exact themes in a very lighthearted, multicultural way.

Throughout the readings in "Love Is a Stranger," by Rumi the reader is constantly reminded of a sense of enlightenment. Being able to let loose and find your inner person is a very important concept in his work. (Page 16, Love Is a Stranger)

"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." The way his words and ideas are put on to paper really makes the reader think. To put themselves into a personal reflection of feelings is why Rumis poems are so powerful. This whole idea of breaking yourself down into its simplest and most important components is the essential idea of enlightenment.

There are many different ways that people in the twenty first century obtain this feeling of enlightenment. People use self meditation or self thought, yoga, seances, praying, dancing, singing, mind altering substances, athletics, danger, as well as many others, as a catalyst to help in conquest of enlightenment. The truth is that no two people will experience the same feelings, no one actually knows what it is like to feel enlightened because who is there to define it. The point is that Rumi wanted his reader to be aware, to know that we as people are individuals and are different in very many ways, but are also one, similar and here for one another. Rumi's poems are a way for him to project his his feelings and emotions on to paper. The reader must get into the mind of the author opposed to reading the literal words. It is a lot like having to explain in words any emotional feeling, such as love.

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