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Lovers are in Each Other

i would like to take a moment to provide my perspective on my latest short video Lovers are in Each Other (see bottom of this page) . first of all it has its starting point based on the ghazal 1246 by Rumi

The minute I heard my first love story
I started looking for You, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along.

~Rumi (version by Coleman Barks)

many times on the internet we find the last two lines quoted and emphasized as what can be considered their romantic meaning . that is as two physical lovers meeting as soulmates . there is nothing wrong with that interpretation and it is a very wonderful thought . but the context i have decided to pursue for the video is of the spiritual Beloved and the lover which Rumi most often writes about in his ghazals (poems) .

since i am only basing my video’s narration on Rumi’s ghazal . i am also taking the liberty of adding further words between the first four lines and last two lines of the ghazal . the additional words are paraphrasing parts of the New Testament of the Bible . mostly from:

Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
~Matthew 13:24 – 27

and again .

The kingdom of God comes not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
~Luke 17:20 – 21

i might note that some versions of the Bible translate the original Greek word “in your midst” . but nowhere else is that word ever translated as such . also Jesus just said the kingdom is not observable and Jesus is standing right there . so “in your midst” makes no sense . it is not found in the physical sphere of observation but in another direction . within . inside the human frame where the spirit dwells .

Within this vessel the Eternal resounds, and the spring wells up.
Kabir says : “Listen to me, my friend ! My Beloved Lord is within.”

~Kabir

those who are worldly-bound and are content to wait around expecting to find the Lord floating in the physical sky to me have a very limited scope of spiritual understanding . there is no time nor distance between the lover and the Beloved . both are in the immediate NOW . there is no waiting for prophecies to be fulfilled nor events to occur before communing can take place . “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24) . it is not by clinging to our physical form that we approach the Divine Throne . but in our ethereal (celestial) form because “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.” (I Corinthians 15:50) . real communion does not consist of some worldly (perishable) wine and bread which at best only symbolizes communion . real communion takes place heart to Heart and spirit to Spirit . and even eventually beyond the limitations of form all together . where two are one .

Rumi has also emphasized the point that the divine is to be found within rather than something that is observable on the outside: “this universe is not outside of you . look inside your self” (Rumi) . the lover is better off seeking and communing with the Beloved inside . there one finds that he/she has been entwined with the Beloved all along . “we have become One in such a way that i have become confused whether i am You or You are me” (Rumi) . separation is an illusion . the Beloved has been beckoning the lover for reunion . a reunion to end the ages of dark separation . though separation is an illusion . the lover has been trapped in such an illusion for ages . casting off the illusion of form . the lover can now exclaim: i am neither body nor soul for i belong to the Soul of my Beloved (Rumi) and now the Light is shining and it is time to awaken .

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