Replying to LO28493 --
I followed the exchange between At and Andrew.
> First 'they' cut away love.
> Those who come close 'know' that it was love that they took away.
>> Andrew creates paintings, using brush strokes with different colours
>> as the abstract symbols. He can also give reasons why he made each
>> stroke. But i think too many painful cuts have been inflicted upon him
>> in his youth by math teachers using LEM in matters where LEM does
>> not apply. Yet it is for him to say.
It compelled me to share something of Rumi (again). This comes from
Coleman Barks' "The Essential Rumi":
"There's a strong connection between Jesus and Rumi. I'm told a Christian
church in Shiraz (Iran) has a quatrain from Rumi carved in stone over its
Where Jesus lives, the great-hearted gather.
We are a door that's never locked.
If you are suffering any kind of pain,
stay near this door. Open it.
"A sweet inclusiveness and healing mercy are felt around both. The
Friendship of Rumi and Shams has no parallel in the great aloneness of
Jesus' life, but the relationship with children and with society's
outcasts is very similar. Rumi showed deep consideration for the least
recognized members of his 13th century Muslim small town. He would always
stop to bow to children and old women, to bless and be blessed by them.
One day he came upon children playing a game. He acknowledged each as he
would have an adult. And there was one little boy far away running across
a field. "Wait, I'm coming!" Rumi stayed until the boy had come close,
bowed, and been bowed to.
[another quatrain from this Islamic mystic]
Christ is the population of the world,
and every object is well. There is no room
for hypocrisy. Why use bitter soup for healing
when sweet water is everywhere?"
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