One of the consequences of the evolution in consciousness is the grievous misunderstandings regarding the effects these changes have upon people. We are quick - sometimes too quick - to define what we assume is a problem that needs to be fixed or to be contained. Not because there is an actual danger but because our rational minds cannot grasp the invitation to be curious and risk questions of something seemingly abnormal which is, actually, really just something new. To our minds, it is important to our survival when it is based in fear to react defensively to all things not immediately defined. We can defend ourselves into a corner if what we think is righteous is actually unloving and contemptuous. Sadly, our history has repeatedly taken the messenger down with these avenging acts in the name of safety.
We are living a duality, or so I'm told. It is how I frame my experience because I think it is true that we are just now beginning to understand just what kinds of demands that orientation has had on our perception of reality. Being a slave to this perspective has been all we as human beings have ever known. It is hard to shake it. We have available to us for the asking a multidimensional view - or so suggests Hafiz in this poem. To not be open to imagining a wider scope of existence is to be stuck in a kind of hell that requires a life of constant ciphering and keeping score of debits and credits with our little pencils undisturbed by the lavish display of life around us.
Thank you for listening.
Music: I've chosen for this post some of the music from the film A Beautiful Mind. This film was made to highlight the life of the brilliant mathematician, John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Mathematics who was diagnosed, after a hellish psychotic break, with schizophrenia. James Horner composed the beautiful soundtrack for this film. This excerpt is called A Kaleidoscope of Mathematics. Synchronistically, a kaleidoscope is defined as "a continually shifting pattern, scene or the like". In living beyond a duality, we may be required to evolve into an ability to perceive reality kaleidoscopically. Certainly we will need to move beyond the fear of it. The sooner that move is made, the better for everyone.
The original post in this series of poems by Hafiz (including an addendum regarding the authenticity of these poems) can be found here.
The Gift: Poems by Hafiz and translated by Daniel Ladinsky can be purchased here.