Here are my interpretations of two of Rumi’s unnamed poems :

I honor those who try

to rid themselves of any lying,

who empty the self

and have only clear being there.

Rumi is telling here that he admires people who are shedding off their conditioning. The conditioning that we all accumulate from our birth. Conditioning given to us by our parents, teachers, relatives, society and some which even we pick up ourselves – preferences and so on. He calls these as ‘lying’ because they all takes us away from our true source. Our true nature is that of infinite consciousness – so all we can do is ‘be’, simply exist – without judging or attaching to anything in our infinite awareness.

In your light I learn how to love.

In your beauty, how to make poems.

You dance inside my chest,

where no one sees you,

but sometimes I do,

and that sight becomes this art.

According to me, Rumi dedicates this poem to someone he loves. I believe it is dedicated to the ultimate love we all have towards our true self. Our true self is actually the entire consciousness. In this, Rumi sees light to show him love and beauty to make poems in his true self. This true self lives in our inner being and sometimes shows itself to us by an intuition, creativity, dreams, subconscious, feelings, vibes, etc. It gives us flashes of genius, courage, positivity and creativity when our time and disposition align.  This is what Rumi sees from time to time. He sees the whole of Creation within himself and this is what gives him the inspiration for his art.

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