This World is Nothing What it Seems

22 Feb

Drawing Hardship

Be grateful when what seems unkind

comes from a wise person.

Once, a holy man,
riding his donkey, saw a snake crawling into
a sleeping man’s mouth! He hurried, but he couldn’t
prevent it. He hit the man several blows with his club.

The man woke terrified and ran beneath an apple tree
with many rotten apples on the ground.

“Eat!” You miserable wretch! Eat.”

“Why are you doing this to me?”

“Eat more, you fool.”

“I’ve never seen you before! Who are you? Do you have some
inner quarrel with my soul?”

The wise man kept forcing him to eat, and then he ran him
For hours he whipped the poor man and made him run.
Finally, at nightfall, full of rotten apples,
fatigued, bleeding, he fell
and vomited everything,
the good and the bad, the apples and the snake.

When he saw that ugly snake
come out of himself, he fell on his knees
before his assailant.

“Are you Gabriel? Are you God?
I bless the moment you first noticed me. I was dead
and didn’t know it. You’ve given me a new life.
Everything I’ve said to you was stupid!
I didn’t know.”

“If I had explained what I was doing,
you might have panicked and died of fear…

God’s silence is necessary, because of humankind’s

faintheartedness. If I had told you about the snake,
you wouldn’t have been able to eat, and if
you hadn’t eaten, you wouldn’t have vomited.

I saw your condition and drove my donkey hard
into the middle of it, saying always under my breath,
‘Lord, make it easy on him.’ I wasn’t permitted to
tell you, and I wasn’t permitted to stop
beating you!”

The healed man, still kneeling,
“I have no way to thank you for the quickness
of your wisdom and strength
of your guidance.
God will thank you.”

– Rumi


13 Responses to “This World is Nothing What it Seems”

  1. prewitt1970 February 22, 2013 at 2:51 am #

    Love the poem Rumi good, painting above love it as well. You doing ok tonight?
    Always love,light and don’t eat snakes.

    • marga t. February 22, 2013 at 2:55 am #

      Good advice, my friend, on the snakes. Hope you don’t know from experience. All is well here. Wish I could play with some finger paints for fun, though…someday soon! Hope you are having some fun with your tunes and blue period 🙂

  2. Leisa February 22, 2013 at 5:13 am #

    I ♥ Rumi! Much Love To you Dear Marga ♥

    • marga t. February 24, 2013 at 11:09 am #

      Thank you Leisa,
      Your words and big heart are so valued to me! Much Love to you!

      • Leisa February 24, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

        My pleasure!

  3. ajaytao2010 February 22, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    I Nominate you for the The Sunshine Award
    Please accept & oblige.

    • marga t. February 23, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

      Thank you very much, Ajay! Your posts create so many magical and sharing moments, everyday! xmarga

      • ajaytao2010 February 23, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

        marga t thank you so much.

        your comments are highly appreciated

  4. smallpebbles February 22, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    Great story! Ruthless Grace!

    • marga t. February 23, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

      So glad to see you, Kai. This other lens can seem quite bizarre; and I realize it means much to meet people who can share these different angles with me 🙂 xmarga

  5. heartflow2013 February 24, 2013 at 6:15 am #

    One of my all-time favorites of Rumi, and I haven’t seen it in a long time! Thank you Marga! Here is some Rumi I posted:
    ♥ Tomas

    • marga t. February 24, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

      Great timing on Rumi overlap, Tomas. I have a favorite recording of that poem as well, I will post to your comments section. Deep river we flow in, grateful for my fellow travelers! xmarga


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