1000 petals by axinia

the only truth I know is my own experience

My gift to God February 15, 2010

Filed under: thoughts — axinia @ 7:15 pm


You’ve no idea how hard
I’ve looked for a gift to bring You.
Nothing seemed right!
What’s the point of bringing gold
to the gold mine,
or water to the ocean?
Everything I came up with
was like taking spices to the orient.
It’s no good giving
my heart and my soul,
because You already have these.
So – I’ve brought You a mirror
Look at YourSelf and remember me.

– Jalaluddin Rumi


30 Responses to “My gift to God”

  1. volodimir108 Says:

    Руми рулит форевер 🙂

  2. Alima Says:

    I’ve just read your beautiful post and saw in my
    RSS “Quote for the day” this one:
    “A hug is a great gift – one size fits all, and it’s easy to exchange”(Unknown author).

  3. Lakia Says:

    This is good. “So – I’ve brought You a mirror
    Look at YourSelf and remember me”— I really enjoyed this! Now I have to go look him up lol

  4. Peter Says:

    “Only from the heart Can you touch the sky.”
    Jalal ad-Din Rumi

  5. mirel Says:

    ‘Whatever I were to bring, it would be like presenting a particle to a mine, or a drop to a sea. If I have a seed in my hand, your stones are overflowing with them. Your beauty is unsurpassed in this world. Therefore, I have brought a clear mirror to offer you. O you, What can be more beautiful for you than watching your own beauty?” (Masnawi, 1:126)

    When the mirror of your heart becomes clear and pure,
    You will behold images from beyond this realm of earth and water.
    You will see both the images and the image-Maker.
    Both the carpet of spiritual existence
    And the carpet-Spreader.

    yes indeed Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi forever:))))

  6. swaps Says:

    WAH!! soo apt for God and for a lady-love too. No doubt the line between romantic love and devotion get blurred.

    • No doubt the line between romantic love and devotion get blurred.

      :shocked: How could you even compare the two? Don’t you realise that romantic love is an undesirable problem that only leads to miseries 😕

      Hehehe… just kidding, of course, Swaps 😉 I’m glad to learn that I’m not the only one here to think that romantic love is such a positive, powerful feeling!


      • axinia Says:

        Raj, if you really read carefully my posts, the Johnson’s quotes state clear that romatic loe is a positive and very powerful feeling. The more so, it has a clearily spiritual origin and nature!! There is no contradicion here…:)
        the only problem is that mostly people apply it in a wrong way.

        • If there isn’t any contradiction, Axinia, then I don’t see why people are applying it in a wrong way 😐 Romantic love was always meant to be used to find one’s dream partner for life. It’s only when it isn’t used for that purpose, does it begin to be applied in a wrong way!


          • axinia Says:

            the funny thing is that IT DOES NOT HELP TO FIND THE DREAM PARTNER FOR LIFE!! And the rare cases when it does – these exceptions only prove the general rule.
            You believe in illusion, my dear.

            • Then what does, Axinia 😕 Lowly breeding contracts and filthy forced marriages as they are practiced in the uncouth societies are things that are sub-human and beastly, if not worse. Take a look at this:


              If you believe true romantic love does not help one find a dream partner as it is meant to, but uncouth practices where a 12 year old kid is forced to have an 80 year old great grandpa as a “dream partner” or an 8 year old infant is forced to have a 40 year old as a “dream partner for life”, then I’m really at a loss for words 😯

              Infatuation and lust never help one find a dream partner, but true romantic love is surely the only one!!! Since you are mixing up things like infatuation/lust for romantic love, I can understand your dislike for them. But they are completely different, and it’s NO illusion!


  7. sakhi Says:

    “So – I’ve brought You a mirror
    Look at YourSelf and remember me”

    absolutely sweet! 🙂

  8. axinia Says:

    it seemes like noone is interested in the photo? 🙂 Rumi is indeed so powerful…

    I took this photo in Prague, it was a huge street ad for mineral water…It probably depicts the deity of water…i found it so breath-taking, ethereal and somewhat…divine!

  9. kanagu Says:

    this poem is so beautiful Axinia… that last 2 lines were awesome… 🙂 🙂

  10. Veni Says:

    Mirroring The Divine with the eye of the Heart:)
    LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Kabar Says:

    This is a perfect poem. The end takes me to such a blissful state. Wow.

  12. pooyan Says:

    didn’t know that you are interested in Rumi, just wanted to mention a few more poems from Rumi (in English of course!):

    enjoy reading them …

  13. I think I must be the only one who was much more impressed by the photo than the poem, Axinia 😐

    Thanks for sharing the photo. I thought it was taken at a modern sculpture exhibition – it looks magical and awesome! 🙂 I never imagined it would be a street ad for mineral water.

    Though the poem sounds good too, it doesn’t appeal to me. Why would the “all-powerful” imaginary entity ever need a piece of reflective glass 😕 I guess “He” could use a panoramic magnifying glass (if such a thing exists) instead 😐


    • axinia Says:

      Dear Raj, in Spiritality the image of a mirrow shows the highest spiritual achievement: When a human being becomes so clear and so in tune with the Divine that it can only reflect the Beauty of Life…it is a very sublime and elegant image of the Spirit.

      • …that it can only reflect the Beauty of Life

        A mirror’s job is to reflect anything as it is, Axinia 😐 If it reflects only the so-called beauty, then it sounds like a bubble-object to me.


  14. mahesh chendake Says:

    I feel,title and last two lines doesn’t match, if we are not like god,why he should remember us,rather we should search him within us,so we need that gift more ,so we can see our image and clean ourselves and remember him forever.so ,title can be “Gods gift to us – A mirror!!!.
    sorry I dont want to heart anybody. I personally can’t able to write a single line also .so i dont have right to comment also This is just thought I am sharing.

    • mirel Says:

      just a few thoughts!
      Sufism, Tasawuf , a mystical school and Mevlana Celalledina belongs to a Sufi order….The analogy of seeing God in a mirror image of oneself is often used to explain this unity with the divine. According to this school of thought:

      God is not a remote Creative Force that interferes from time to time into human affairs. Sufis regard God in everything.
      Rose and mirror and sun and moon – where are they?
      Wherever we looked, there was always Thy face.

      Their interpretation of God also suggests that everything is
      God, thus assigning every creature in the world a divine shadow. “The eyes that regard God are also they eyes through which He regards the world”

      The world itself is a mirror of the divinity. All the beauty and perfection of it, even though temporary, allows humans to sense the impeccable splendor of Paradise, while the ugliness of the same world conveys the gloominess of Hell.
      However, the underlying message of such conception is that “it is God who is real and so forever” Nature, the earth, which humans behold and feel is the subjective visions of God, suggested to human minds by the Creator. The most creations in the world are merely pale shadows of the greatest in its perpetuity beauty of God

      Sufis’destination is the unity with God, the truth and knowledge exposed when the “veil” is elevated. when one’s heart is purified, the “light of divine secrets” is reflected in
      the mirror of the heart. thus, the immense and eternal unity of all the Being, the Creator and His creations would become transparent Along with purification of the heart, one has to remember God as the first and only priority in life in order to unify with Reality. Sufi compare relationship with God as between lovers, who live only by each other and their love.

      Sufis teach that God with always present with humans, it is humans who are veiled from God. The highest is Divine love, which is the finality of the spiritual journey, and is known only to the truthful
      When a seeker prays, the mirror of his heart shines pure
      and clean, and so becomes a mirror of the whole world since God “lifts a veil and opens the gates of the invisible
      God commanded “Remember me, so that I remember you”
      Remembering does not mean the occasional recollectionof God. Rather it means to remember and remind one’s self of His existenceat all times. “All creations are calling upon God. You cannot hear or see it on the outside, but the essence in everything is continuously remembering and calling upon God

      • axinia Says:

        deep, deep and beautiful, thank you for this brilliant insight, dear mirel!

        • mirel Says:

          I am not mind, nor intellect, nor ego,or the reflections of inner self
          I am not the five senses.
          I am beyond that.
          I am not the ether, nor the earth,
          nor the fire, nor the wind
          I am indeed,

          That eternal knowing and bliss, Shiva,
          love and pure consciousness.
          Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

          PS: regarding the photo, only joking, zum Spass!!!: vergisst die anderen, trink osterreichisches Mineralwasser, Romerquelle und Voslauer in allen Kuehli!
          servus aus dem Land der ‘Whirling Derwishes’:))))

  15. mahesh chendake Says:

    I think I provok you to write more. but we have got more deep inspiretory beautyful thought from you. thanks for that
    I know we can feel/see god within our heart/ surroundings just we should have that kind of ear/ eye . our hearts should fillover with love for mankind and universe. we should be enjoy oneness with them and see/feel/hear god in his scilence all the time ,moment to moment…..

    I think you have nicely blurred the line between romantic love and true love also…….. that is also universal ??? !!!!

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