I wrote a semi-comedic blog yesterday that I planned to post today. Then the shootings and explosions in Paris happened. I feel great sadness and compassion for our brothers and sisters across the ocean. Perhaps you do too.
Instead of posting what I had planned, I offer you this excerpt from Prayers for Peace. This is a passage from from Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi. May we know these words of truth together to reveal the consciousness of wholeness in our world.
Words from Rumi:
Move beyond any attachment to names. Every war and every conflict between human beings has happened because of some disagreement about names.
It’s such an unnecessary foolishness, because just beyond the arguing there’s a long table of companionship set and waiting for us to sit down.
What is praised is one, so the praise is one, too many jugs being poured into a huge basin.
All religions, all this singing, one song.
The differences are just illusion and vanity. Sunlight looks slightly different on this wall than it does on that wall and a lot different on this other one, but it’s still one light. We have borrowed these clothes, these time-and-space personalities, from a light, and when we praise, we pour them back in.
To the people of Paris – let us say together:
Nous sommes avec vous en solidarite´– We are with you in solidarity.
Nous prions pour vous tous – We pray for all of you.
Que la paix règne sur la terre – May peace reign on earth. Amen.
(Translation by Rev. Marc Laponce).