A beautiful poem on Advait (non duality)

Question:

I really liked the Sufi poem about the stranger who knocks on the door, and then last time says “I am you”, etc etc. Can you send a link to this poem?

Answer:

It is a poem by Rumi, that I heard in Urdu long ago. Here is the English translation:

“There came one and knocked at the door of the Beloved.
And a voice answered and said, ‘Who is there?’
The lover replied, ‘It is I.’
‘Go hence,’ returned the voice;
‘there is no room within for thee and me.’
After a year of solitude and deprivation this man returned to the door of the Beloved and knocked and again the voice demanded,
‘Who is there?’
He answered, ‘It is thou.’
‘Enter,’ said the voice, ‘for I am within.”

Meaning

Until there is ‘I’, there is ‘You’. You is the reflection of I. ‘I’ cannot stand without ‘You’ & ‘You’ cannot stand without ‘I’. This is Dvaitam [duality]. Duality was the cause of this samsara and it continues to be the cause of misery.

Until the time, there is Ego, there can never be one-ness. For one-ness to be, ‘I’ needs to drop. So in the poem, when the ‘I’ dropped, the lover united with the beloved. There was true one-ness….. true belongingness….. true LOVE…. Advaitam!

May you be blessed with the courage to drop the ‘I’ and unite with the Ultimate Love!

Have questions? Reach out to Ekta by clicking on the “Ask a Question” button on the left sidebar.

Advertisements