This is a stanza from the Rumi teaching “Open the Window” and I almost want to write it on a little post-it note to stuck it in all the places I go, when busying myself.
This is what it is all about. This little line, this verse, this droplet in the ocean of all the wisdom Rumi has left behind: The work of Love is to create a window of the heart.
Whenever it all seems to become overwhelming, frustrating, confusing or complicated – this is all we have to remember what the core teaching is: to open the heart and to live from this place of innocence, openness and Truth.
And it is not even something difficult, something that requires many months of meditation or practice, or even effort. All it requires is to see. Not in the viual sense, but in the sense of taking things in, as they are. With all the senses at once, all the information, the seen, the unseen, the know, the unknown. To really see means to just let it be. To look at a beautiful flower, a raindrop, a book, a piece of paper, a pebble – even the tiniest, most insignificant thing. Just look at with all you have and feel Love opening the window of the heart.
This is how you find the way to the innermost secret. It is in the ordinary, in everything that is around, it is in you – but it may be easiest discovered in a thing of beauty. Look at it, take it in, listen, feel it, touch it, taste it, smell it – be it. Through the window of the heart we discover what it means to be the One. That there is just Life – and this is what we are. Life, Love, Beauty, Truth – the many names of God.
‘And as you are made beautiful,
the Beautiful One will become your own,
the intimate of your once lonely spirit’.
core: lit. “heart,” from Latin cor “heart”