Rumi, the adored Persian mystic, mused on the purpose of desire. Before him, most Eastern philosophies and religious dogmas entertained the trade offs of lust. Taoist, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, and many other guiding principles emerged. Most concluded that asketism rather than boundless indulgence benefit humanity.
I wonder, isn’t a balance between discipline and surrender to some cravings better?
I love Rumi’s poetic view of soul as “the taste of pure water”.
My poem was inspired by all the above:
A fine line is our soul,
a net of emotions
caught between desire and quenched thirst.
and dream about the unattainable.
I craved adventure
I judged silence
I wanted freedom
The first sip awakened my lust for more
Dreaming about swimming in the air,
the bubbles of oxygen carrying my weightless body around the world
Floating in the soft vibrations of surrender, my soul opened
Sound is not silent
Now I crave the nothingness of ether
It is everywhere – even in my thoughts.
Pure surrender feels so different from the tight, preconceived control of discipline. Try it for yourself. Taste freedom through meditation or being alone in nature – this kind of solitude liberates my mind.
If you are interested, I mused about the meaning of sound in our life and its scientific concepts, so you can read the post.