Rumi’s poem ‘That breath breathing – human being.’ & Shankara’s ‘Tree of Life’ – Advaita Vedanta summary

I can think of no poem or teaching that presents better our reality as Nondual and our citizenship of two realms than this beautiful poem by Rumi.

Poem starts at 1.min 6 seconds in;

http://www.worldprayers.org/archive/prayers/celebrations/not_christian_or_jew_or.html

‘That breath breathing – human being.’

Not Christian or Jew or
Muslim, not Hindu,
Buddhist, Sufi, or Zen.
Not any religion

or cultural system. I am
not from the east
or the west, not
out of the ocean or up

from the ground, not
natural or ethereal, not
composed of elements at all.
I do not exist,

am not an entity in this
world or the next,
did not descend from
Adam and Eve or any

origin story. My place is
the placeless, a trace
of the traceless.
Neither body or soul.

I belong to the beloved,
have seen the two
worlds as one and
that one
call to and know,

first, last, outer, inner,
only that breath breathing

human being.

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Rumi 13th Century – as re-presented by Coleman Barks c. 1995
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 VIDEO:  https://youtu.be/GaNgsh1Ei6o
Tree of Knowledge – 8th century mystic Adi Shankara

A: I am unattached, I am

unattached, ever free from

attachment of any kind;

I am of the nature of Existence- Consciousness – Bliss.

I am the very Self, inexhaustible

and changeless.

 

B: I am eternal, pure (free from

maya), liberated, formless,

indestructible and changeless.

I am of the nature of infinite bliss. I am the very Self,

inexhaustible and changeless.

 

C: I am pure consciousness by

nature, delighting in Self alone,

I am the nature of indivisible

bliss. I am the very Self,

inexhaustible and changeless.

 

D: I am the indwelling

consciousness, I am peace

beyond the universe, I am

eternal bliss by nature, I am the

very Self, inexhaustible and

changeless.

 

E: I am the supreme Self beyond

all matter, the supreme Shiva

beyond all cosmic appearance, I am the

very Self, inexhaustible and

changeless.

 

F: I am beyond all shapes

and forms. I am of the nature of

pure consciousness, never

subject to decline. I am of the

nature of contentment. I am

the very Self, inexhaustible and

changeless.

 

G: I am by nature the inner Ruler,

changeless, all pervading. I am

by nature the witness of

everything. I am

the very Self, inexhaustible and

changeless.

 

H: I am by nature without support

and yet I support all things. I

am by nature the fulfilment of

desires. I am the very Self,

inexhaustible and changeless.

 

I: I am beyond all mental states,

beyond all body changes. I am

the witness of all states. I am

the very Self inexhaustible and

changeless.  

 

J: I am unattached, I am

unattached, ever free of

the nature of Existence –

Consciousness – Bliss. I am the

very Self, inexhaustible and

changeless.

 

 

Author: Roger - Dr Roger Prentice

Now I write, teach & coach mainly about interfaith as inter-spirituality - and how we can grow closer to our True Self. . As anyone who knows anything about IPF will realize my energy is curtailed - so I am concentrating primarily on 'inter-spirituality'. . In the past I would have said that: . 1) I run courses and give talks at conferences and in universities and colleges in the UK, China, USA, Canada, Scandinavia etc. . 2) I provide materials, outlines and lessons for Schools. . 3) My range of interests include personal development, learning and teaching, photography and film, the arts generally, spirituality and educational practice and theory. . 4) At the same time I continue developing the human-centred studies SunWALK PDS (People Development System) - a whole-person, high-achievement model for individuals, and for use in, NGOs, schools and other organizations. . 5) The key question that continues to animate me and my work remains, "What is it to be fully and positively human?" . Contact me via onesummit AT gmail DOT com (replace At with@ etc.). . All good wishes Roger (Dr Roger Prentice) . For those interested; My first degree is in English and Education. My masters is in Adult and Community Education. My doctorate presented a new holistic meta-model of education called SunWALK.

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