Rumi on False Ego...
Rumi teaches us that our worst enemy is hiding within ourselves, and that enemy is our Nafs or false ego(نفس). Rumi describes our heart as a mirror. Naturally, this mirror becomes dusty, and we have to wipe it to take the dust off. In a mystical way, Rumi is effectively instructing us the way of wiping this mirror so the reflection may fall more clearly, equaling wiping our hearts from the falseness and dualities that are surrounding us. Therefore, Nafs or False Ego(نفس) equals any inclination which springs from disregard of love, harmony, beauty, and being unconcerned with well being of all others.
Rumi also teaches that in Sufism, there are four stages of self purification:
1. Self becoming emptied
2. Self becoming illuminated
3. Self becoming adorned
The Sufi, through these stages of purification, travels the inner way, the 'Spiritual Path'. Having traveled this path, the Sufi becomes a perfect being and arrives at the threshold of the 'Truth'. In this 'True Center' for higher education, there are no professors and his and her only guide will be the absolute 'Love'. Here, Sufi's only teacher is love, his and her books are love, and his and her being is love...
Who is in the house of my heart,
I cried in the middle of the night.
"It is I, but what are all these images that fill your
I said, they are the reflection of your beautiful face.
"But what is this image full of pain?"
I said, it is me lost in the sorrows of life
and showed Love my soul full of wounds.
Love offered me one end of a thread and said:
"Take it so I can pull you back
but do not break the delicate string."
I reached towards it but Love struck my hand.
I asked, why the harshness?
"To remind you that whoever comes to Love's holy space,
proud and full of himself
will be sent away.
Look at Love with eyes of your heart.
Who gets up early
to discover the moment
Who finds us here,
circling bewildered like atoms?
Who comes to a spring thirsty,
and finds the moon reflected in it?
Who, like Jacob,
blind with grief and age
smells the shirt of his lost son
and can see again?
Who lets a bucket down and brings up
a flowing prophet?
Or like Moses,
goes for fire and finds
what burns inside the sunrise?
Jesus slips into a house to escape enemies,
and opens a door to the other world.
Solomon cuts open a fish,
and there's a gold ring.
An oyster opens his mouth
to swallow one drop
Now there's a pearl.
A Vagrant wanders empty ruins
Suddenly he's wealthy.
But don't be satisfied with poems
and stories of how things
have gone with others.
Unfold your own myth,
without complicated explanation,
so everyone will understand the passage:
Love has opened your heart
Start walking towards love.
Your legs will get heavy and tired.
Then comes a moment of
feeling the wings you've grown, lifting...
All other knowledges are only petty and trivial
the experience of silence alone is
the real and perfect knowledge.
Know that the
many objective differences are not real but are
mere superimpositions on Self,
which is the form
of true knowledge.
- Sri Ramana Maharshi
Think of yourself as the individual and you are sure to die;
think of yourself as the universal and you enter deathlessness,
for the universal is always and eternally there.
We know no beginning and no ending to the cosmic process.
Its being IS:
we can say no more.
Be that rather than this--
that which is as infinite and homeless as space, that which is timeless and unbroken.
Take the whole of life as your own being.
Do not divorce, do not separate yourself from it.
It is the hardest of tasks for it demands that we see our own relative insignificance amid this infinite and vast process.
The change that is needed is entirely a mental one.
Change your outlook and with it "heaven will be added unto you."
-- Notebooks Category 21: Mentalism > Chapter 5: The Key To the Spiritual World > # 95
Whoever can understand that substance is inseparable from life and that life is inseparable from mind, whoever can intellectually perceive that the whole universe itself is nothing less than Mind in its different phases, has found the theoretical basis for an appreciation of the wonderful possibilities which dwell behind human experience.
The mind's powers can indeed be extended far beyond their present puny evolutionary range.
He who reflects constantly upon the true and immaterial nature of Mind and upon its magically creative powers tends to develop these powers.
When he becomes capable of successful and ego-free concentration, these powers of mind and will come to him spontaneously.
It is natural that when his will becomes self-abnegated, his emotion purified, his thought concentrated, and his knowledge perfected higher mental or so-called occult powers arise of their own accord.
It is equally natural that he should remain silent about them, even if only because they do not really belong to the named personality which others see.
They belong to the Overself.
-- Notebooks Category 21: Mentalism > Chapter 5:
The Key To the Spiritual World > # 53
We speak of Love often, but, we really do not know what it is..
Love is the mental and spiritual state of non-egoic consciousness..
It is this easy..
But, the egoic consciousness constantly fights against this Truth as it would mean it's demise..
You are the Observer of the ego and the hologram that we call life.
If You can watch the ego, then obviously, You are not the ego..
The Saints used the word 'Humility' to describe this event..
Humility grows the flower called Love.
You can try constantly to feel Love or You can 'fall into Love'..
'Falling into Love' is the surrender of the egoic desire while in meditation..
This method of egoic death is called 'Enlightenment'..
This is when You Realize that You are Light, Love, and Consciousness and all that You experienced was just a Dream..
Welcome to Reality...