I Am You

By Farzad Khalvati

A magnificent mountain, a contemplating mind, a man resembling a lotus, the Seeker is meditating the time, hunting for his Self, searching for a clue in the elusive inner world. A harsh silence; “The outer life, as a thought for existence, has given me a perception of my ego but has taken me away from You.” He says inwardly. “Between You and life, I had to choose just one, and how can I complain now that I chose life?”

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The Seeker remembers a man, lost in the darkness of life, seeking for the inner master. After a long journey, he came and knocked at the friend’s door.

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The friend asked him, “Who are you, O trusty one?”
He answered, “I”. The friend said, “Begone, it is not the time for you to come in.
“At a table like this, there is no place for the raw and inexperienced.
“Except the fire of absence and separation, who will cook the raw; who will bring the knowingness to the inexperienced and release him from insincerity?”

The poor man went away, and for a year, in travel.
He was burned with sparks of fire of separation from his friend.
The burned one was cooked; then he returned.
And again, paced to and fro beside the house of his comrade.

He knocked at the door with a hundred fears and respects,
Dreading any disrespectful word might escape from his lips.

His friend called to him, “Who is at the door?”
He answered, “It is you at the door, O charmer of hearts.”

“Now”, said the friend, “since you are I, come in, O myself.
“There is no room in the house for two I’s (egos).”

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Based on Rumi’s Masnavi (initial translation by Nicholson)

Exploring the Unknown Dimensions of Consciousness – Ego

By Farzad Khalvati

“I will throw the word and sound and speech away.
That without these three I may converse with you.

That word which I kept hidden from man,
I will speak to you, O you who are the hidden mysteries of the world.

I found true individuality in non-individuality.
Therefore I wove my individuality into non-individuality.”
– Rumi 🌹

A discussion on Ego and Subconscious with the help of Jungian model and Rumi’s teachings. Understanding that on the path to self-realization, each dimension of our consciousness, including Ego, is here to help us and it has a higher purpose. Transcending individuality (Ego) and awakening to non-individuality (Subconscious and soul) is a gateway to meet the Beloved within.

 

Upcoming Talk: Rumi’s Hidden Teachings on Unknown Dimensions of Consciousness

I invite you to join us in a talk and dialogue on Rumi’s teachings at Richmond Hill Public Library

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Date: Sunday Feb 10, 2019 at 2pm
Address: Richmond Hill Public Library, 1 Atkinson St, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 0H5 Map
Title: Exploring the Unknown Dimensions of Consciousness Through Rumi’s Hidden Teachings: Shadow, Projection, and Reflection – Part 1
Speaker: Farzad Khalvati

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“You are a tree with thousands of shadows on every side.
Love your shadows. Don’t cut them off from your being.

Bring the shadows to the light so they will fade away.
Reveal your glowing face like a sunrise.”

– Rumi

Often, we have the impression that the path of self-realization has little to do with our daily lives and interactions. On the surface, self-realization seems so abstract and disconnected from “real” life that it is hard to see that it (self-realization) is, indeed, the only way out of suffering and having a creative and meaningful life. 

Nevertheless, unknowingly, every day, we deal with the innermost dimensions of our awareness, without realizing that the quality of our daily life depends on deep understanding of these unknown dimensions of consciousness such as Shadow, Projection, and Reflection.

With the help of the hidden teachings of Rumi, in this talk, dialogue, and contemplation, we will explore these hidden dimensions of our awareness to become one step closer to self-realization.

 

 

Beauty Behind the Veil – Understanding a Deeper Meaning of Rumi’s Writings

By Farzad Khalvati, Doug Marman

As the most famous Sufi mystic of all times, Rumi’s poetry and writings have been the source of inspiration for some, and a source of confusion for others. While some scholars and Sufi enthusiasts find deep and meaningful teachings behind his writings (Chittick, 2005), there have been debates among academic scholars who suggest that Rumi’s writings are entirely random and lack any organizational structure (Palmer, 2015). The lack of solid causality and linearity in the construction of Rumi’s writings, such as Masnavi and Discourses (Fihi-Ma-Fihi), have made them notoriously difficult to understand (Arberry, 1995). This might have contributed to an impression that most of Rumi’s work can only be seen as a linguistic artwork and not a foundation for a teaching.

The psychology of learning has mainly focused on linear or analytical thinking where we clearly differentiate between thoughts, understanding, and learning of a subject matter (Sperry, 1952). This gives the impression that learning occurs linearly and hence, it can only digest writings that are presented linearly with strong causal relationships between the consequent elements.

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The Call of the Unknown

The Call of the Unknown — A Spiritual Adventure

A Talk on Hidden Teachings of Rumi – Sep 30, 2018

By Doug Marman

The spiritual path is not a path where we find answers that bring an end to our questions. It is a path that leads deeper and deeper into the unknown.

As the Sufi poet, Rumi, says, we have to continually give up everything we think we know to take the next step on the spiritual path. This means, over and over again, becoming a beginner, like a child who sees life as completely new. We need to keep starting over because our experience with life changes us as we grow spiritually. We are changed so deeply that we see the world through different eyes.

We like to reassure ourselves about how much we know and how much we have learned, especially as we grow older. It gives us the feeling that we are standing on firm ground and that we know who we are. However, this won’t do us much good if we are seeking what Rumi calls the real jewel of life—the treasures hidden in the unknown. To find the wisdom of the invisible worlds within us we must let go of the firm ground beneath our feet and who we think we are. We must risk everything. This is every bit a true adventure.

Love and Mind

When the flood of tears is overwhelming, love grows flowers.
Lovers can do everything with the beauty of the spiritual love.

Mind says the three dimensions are the limit and there is no way out of this world.
Love says there is a way, and I have taken it many times.

–  Rumi Divan-e-Shams
Translation by Farzad Khalvati and Doug Marman


© 2018 Hidden Teachings of Rumi

Upcoming Talk: Beauty Behind the Veil 

I invite you to join us in a talk on Rumi’s teachings at the University of Toronto Initiative for Iranian Studies, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations.

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Date: Friday Nov 23, 2018 at 4pm
Address:4 Bancroft Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1C1  Map
Title: Beauty Behind the Veil – A practical approach for understanding a deeper meaning of Rumi’s writings
Speaker: Farzad Khalvati

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Beauty Behind the Veil – A practical approach for understanding a deeper meaning of Rumi’s writings

By Farzad Khalvati, Doug Marman

As the most famous Sufi mystic of all times, Rumi’s poetry and writings have been the source of inspiration for some, and a source of confusion for others. While some scholars and Sufi enthusiasts find deep and meaningful teachings behind his writings (Chittick, 2005), there have been debates among academic scholars who suggest that Rumi’s writings are entirely random and lack any organizational structure (Palmer, 2015). The lack of solid causality and linearity in the construction of Rumi’s writings, such as Masnavi and Discourses (Fihi-Ma-Fihi), have made them notoriously difficult to understand (Arberry, 1995). This might have contributed to an impression that most of Rumi’s work can only be seen as a linguistic artwork and not a foundation for a teaching. Continue reading