Rumi ‘s legacy II

Quote 2: “What you seek is seeking you…”

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“جس کی تلاش میں آپ سرگرداں ہیں،وہ آپ کی تلاش میں محو ہے”

 اللہ کی راہ ہو،اپنے کسی پیشن یا کسی بھی چیز جس میں بھی آپ جان لگائیں

وہ دراصل آپ ہی کی متلاشی ہو گی

 II میراثِ رومی

میں نے اس قولِ رومی کو 100 بٹا 100 سچ پایا۔میرا اللہ سے تعلق بنانے میں بھی اور میرے پیشن کو فالو کرنے میں بھی۔۔۔جب بھی میں اللہ کو دل سے پکارتی ہوں،اسے اپنے ساتھ ہی پاتی ہوں۔اسی طرح جب سے میں نے اپنے پیشن،یعنی اپنی لکھنے کی صلاحیت کو دل سے استعمال کرنا شروع کیا ہے میرے لفظوں میں جان پڑنے لگی ہے۔

Explanation 1
(courtesy: Umer Ilyas, an insightful analyst, fellow blogger & an avid reader)

Some things cannot be explained in words. Like love, longing, passion, fear, anxiety, expectation, etc. That’s why they are categorized with respect to emotional states.

In “Al-Chemist”, the author describes a different fact, which goes like: when your heart wishes for something, the whole universe conspires and works for you to achieve it.
And that’s true, beyond any doubt.
We are what we think, feel, want and desire. We end up into what we actually want to. Our performance limitations are what we have defined for ourselves. Want to see what a person wants to do? See what he/she is doing right now….
To me, “passion” is a word which encompasses this whole thing. There’s a quote by Bernard Byer: “If you want to know where your heart is, look where your mind goes when it wanders.”….. And this is amongst the biggest facts.
Whatever (yes, whateva!) thing, person or activity we are passionate about, is evident from our actions and reactions, dress, persona, attitude and behaviour. The concept may be explained in context of religious pursuits, educational / career scenarios, business visions, nationalist dreams and even romantic fantasies. Certain type of energy is generated (proportionate to the passion), which changes its form and colour on the way, connects links, overcomes odds and make things possible at the end.
Dua + (essentially) the effort in the direction of Dua is something we have been taught when we were kids. So its not only Dua that makes things possible at our end. It involves the conscious efforts, tangible steps and visible / hardware factors as well.
What we really want to achieve is what we end up into, or at least fall close to. The question is, do we really want to achieve it? The answer hence lies in our own passion, the degree of longing, the temperature of desire, the sincerity of our efforts and the magnitude of on-ground realities involved.
Then, there’s the most important factor: God’s plan.
It is possible, that whatever we wish, we do not get it despite all the passion, energy and effort. This means, God has a better plan, product or person for us.
There is a Hadees e Qudsi which says: Allah (SWT) says: “And My men keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil till I love him, so I become his sense of hearing with which he hears, and his sense of sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he grips, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him, and if he asks My protection, I will protect him; and I do not hesitate to do anything as I hesitate to take the soul of the believer, for he hates death, and I hate to disappoint him. [Al Jami’ As-Saheeh by Bukhari]
Another famous saying from a similar Hadees e Qudsi says, “Allah banday kay gumaan ka naam hai”.
Iqbal puts it as: ~ Haath hai Allah ka, Banda e Momin ka haath…… Ghaalib o kar-aafreen, kaar-kusha, kaar-saaz….
Conversely, “What you seek is seeking you” might appear to be unrealistic to some. But then, not everything is for everyone to have, digest, remember or understand… 🙂
(Thank you Umer Ilyas, for your beautiful analysis)

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………According to Awdesh Singh, author of Practising spiritual intelligence, All relationships are mutual in this universe.When you desire something, it means that there is something in you that makes you like that thing. It means that there is something similar between what you are and what you are seeking.

It simply means:If you seek great things in life, you become great.When you seek mean things in life, you become mean.When you seek ordinary things in life, you becomes ordinary.”

……………………………..

“whatever you desire will come. Has to do with rules of attraction. if you fear poverty, you will become poor. or if you strive to become rich, you will become rich one day”

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According to Magdalena Bak-Maier, PhD

I will often invite a short period of silence in which to consider the wisdom within the phrase; it is like a magical self-healing balm in which one can apply over any frustration an overachiever or sufferer may carry. And the longer one considers it, the more potent it becomes.

For me the power of this phrase lies in the way it touches people’s minds as well as their hearts. On a cognitive level, Rumi invites us into the possibility of another reality in which what we seek is not difficult or elusive. In fact, it is seeking us with as much energy as we seek it. For many, this alone creates a new possibility and relieves much frustration and impatience. For others, it can even lead to larger questions about whether what they seek is what they really want as the quote implies that this thing we seek is doing work, too. This can be unnerving as it makes the likelihood of arriving at the magic corner more plausible.

On an emotional level, the phrase seems to touch and awaken the heart by appealing to the sense of connection or even communion implied between the seeker and what is being sought. It makes it seem inevitable that the two shall meet on an emotional level, thus, awakening all sorts of reactions from pleasure and joy to mild anxiety and fear.

Much of coaching is based on an equally powerful question: “What is it that you (the client) seek, really?” which I can’t help but feel connects with Rumi’s wisdom. Clarifying what we are seeking paves the way for a stronger connecting path between it and us. It also necessitates that we begin to get curious about why we seek that as opposed to many other things, or what we seek will enable for us. In my 1:1 work we often call these ecological questions. Both questions are not easy to answer. Often behind initial clarity lies uncertainty or further questions, explorations, journeys or quests.

So let’s say that we embrace Rumi’s wisdom and accept that what we seek is indeed seeking us. Lets also assume that we manage to clarify for our clients and/or ourselves what it is that we seek and what makes us seek it in the first place— we are still not anywhere near the magic corner though we have managed to turn a significant corner in ourselves. The work helps us arrive at an interesting point of responsibility and self-knowledge that, in my work, often translates into the following question for the seeker who is still seeking: “How am I getting, in my own way, what I seek?”

For many of my clients and in my own life, the true answer to this question is a watershed moment where the doorway towards discovery, learning and real progress happens.

I find these three lines of explorations beautifully intertwined, eye opening and deeply transformational:

– What you seek is seeking you

– What is it that I seek?

– How am I getting, in my own way, what/who I seek?

Seeking helps me dance with joy in life, whatever may be going on. It helps to remind me of the possibility of something unexpected, the responsibility I carry for my actions and quests, and how available or unavailable I am making myself to the world around me. It illustrates the power behind a mind and heart set on fire with belief, trust and faith that being present to what is in the now indeed creates the future I desire.

I invite you to sit with Rumi’s words and let the feelings and thoughts it awakens in your mind and heart speak to you. If you want to share them with us on this blog, please do. I am curious about its power in your life.

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2 thoughts on “Rumi ‘s legacy II

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