“One who runs away is a gnat against the wind.
One who runs away is a thief fleeing from moonlight.
When god makes someone stubborn and ignorant,
that person gives up Heaven’s lofty abode and flees
Anyone who truly understands dying would flee
as toward permanent life, as toward a crown and
The above is an excerpt from Rumi’s teaching “One who runs away”.
Run away from what ? From Truth.
Once we have seen a glimpse of Truth, about who we really are, we can never forget. We may pretend, we do not understand, or have to wait for further revelation. But once we have seen, we cannot get it out of our system, that we are not who we thought we were. Once we have had a glimpse of our true nature ( glimpse meaning a brief realisation, in all profoundness), it is like a starting signal for consciousness moving towards unconsciousness.
When light meets darkness, everything is going to change. Everything that is untrue, everything that is an illusion, everything that is in separation will come up to the surface. This is a process of deep significance, as it means the transformation of an unconscious human to a conscious human being. It means the opening up of another dimension, it means to see things how they really are.
When they found out that the earth is not flat, it did change the way we live. When they found out, we could use steam to power an engine, it did change the way we live. When they found out they could connect computers, it did change the way we live. This is what is happening now. Many people have realisations of truth and what follows is the attempt to live in an awakened state permanently. But this does not only mean peace and love – it means that everything that is not true in our lives, will come to the surface.
It requires us to die to the way we have lived our lives and learn a completely new paradigm – letting go instead of building an egoic defense, acceptance instead of resistance, love instead of fear. It takes away everything that is familiar, everything we know and everything we want to hold on to. It makes us cut the lifeline and it does not promise a life in bliss and serenity. Just an ordinary life.
And we do have a choice. Either to go along with this force, understand what it wants and breath in the pain of learning to live a life suspended upside down, losing everything we thought made us – or we try and run away, like a gnat against the wind. Life always wins and it does not care if takes one day or one hundred years. Time has no significance to Truth. But we do have a choice if we suffer or not.
And why would anyone choose suffering.