Here is my interpretation of one of Rumi’s unnamed poems.

Humble living does not diminish. It fills.

Going back to a simpler self gives wisdom.

When a man makes up a story for his child,

he becomes a father and a child

together, listening.

Here Rumi emphasizes the importance of simple things. Living minimally, spending quality time with your child. He is pointing out the importance of these small things in gaining wisdom and walking on the spiritual path. When we tell someone a story out of our imagination, we are both the speaker as well as the listener. Because the story is coming out of the creative instinct or intuition which is really a part of our soul. So for some microseconds we do not know what words will come out of our mouth. In such a state we realize that we are both the speaker as well as a listener – both the father and a child. As after all, we all are one consciousness.

Taken from The Essential Rumi

translated by Coleman Barks

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