Here is my interpretation of Rumi’s poem, ‘Father Reason’.
The universe is a form of divine law,
your resonable father.
When you seem ungrateful to him,
the shapes of the world seem mean and ugly.
Make peace with that father, the elegant patterning,
and every experience will fill with immediacy.
Rumi is comparing the Universe, Cosmos, Consciousness to a reasonable father in this poem. When a child behaves in a positive, productive manner, the father rewards the child. Similarly, when the child behaves in a negative manner, the father gets upset with him. This Universe, God, Creation, Source whatever you want to name it, behaves exactly like a father with us. If we think bad, we get bad and vice versa. As we sow, so shall we reap. It’s the law of attraction. It’s the fact that we create our own reality. Once we know this and start understanding and experimenting with this, we are rewarded with beautiful synchronicities.
Because I know this, I am never bored.
Beauty constantly wells up, a noise of spring water
in my ear and in my inner being.
Tree limbs rise and fall like the ecstatic arms
of those who have submitted to the mystical life.
A person who has understood this fact that they are the creators of their own reality will never be bored then. Because they will learn to see the beauty where others see none. And thus, they will keep getting more beautiful circumstances in life. Such a person will also get super-powers or ‘siddhis’ as Indian sages called it. One superpower is clairaudience, which he refers to as the voice in his ears and inner being. Such a person will also trees as much living as mystics and will begin to see similarities between trees and humans.
Leaf sounds talk together like poets
making fresh metaphors. The green felt cover slips,
and we get a flash of the mirror underneath.
Such people might find the leaves of the trees to be talking to each other. They see then a little preview of how we all are just one, connected deeply to each other. One consciousness, pure and simple. We are all consciousness disguised as a tree or leaves or poets or mystics.
Think of how it will be when the whole thing is pulled away!
I tell only one one-thousandth of what I see,
because there is so much doubt everywhere.
Rumi says just a preview of the understanding of one consciousness can have such a profound effect on someone. What should happen once one achieves Enlightenment? He says he cannot tell everything he knows because people will think he is a madman if he were to tell it all.
The conventional opinion of this poetry is,
it shows great optimism for the future.
But Father Reason says,
No need to announce the future!
This now is it. This. Your deepest need and desire
Is satisfied by the moment’s energy
here in your hand.
This poem is thus very positive conveying that good things will come to those who do good. But Rumi says the Universe does not believe in future. Time is just an illusion. The Universe, Consciousness, God only believes in the now. It is the only time that really exists. The intent you set in your mind has to be now, you have to feel it and believe it and bring the moment’s energy up to the vibration that you want to be. That is what the Universe or Consciousness will respond to.
Taken from The Essential Rumi
translated by Coleman Barks