Here we look at a part of Rumi’s poem “God In The Stew” in order to explore the feeling of reverence, as well as some quotes by Carl Sagan.
A reading from:
God In The Stew
Anyone who steps into an orchard
walks inside the orchard keeper.
Millions of love-tents bloom on the plain.
A star in your chest says, None of this is outside you.
Close your lips and let the maker of mouths talk,
the one who says things.
Whether you’re a believer in a higher power or an atheist that sees a world ruled purely by the laws of mathematics and physics, there is room for the feeling of reverence. Look up and see the ocean of the universe, as we literally look back through time. Look around, at the plants and animals, the puddles of water and feel the awe that this rich planet deserves – a rare gem in a universe that so far seems barren. Look into the eyes of your fellow human beings, and consider the sacredness of sentience and the amazing evolution of our complex minds.
Whatever is responsible for making this reality, it’s very essence exists in every aspect of it. Whether it be the quantum strings, a being that is older than time itself, or a divinity that exists as a force of nature – by simply existing we are tied to a great truth that underlies all reality.
“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”
― Carl Sagan,
“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”
― Carl Sagan,
Learn to be silent. Put down your phone, stop thinking about work, and family, your next pleasure or your problems. Stop to feel the sun on your face, to watch a bee on a flower, to listen to the sound of rain, to watch children play – and allow a feeling of awe and reverence to flow into, for just one moment let yourself see the sacredness of all things. Learn to access that feeling, and make it a part of your life. In doing so, your being will blossom.
“The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore, we’ve learned most of what we know. Recently, we’ve waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.”― Carl Sagan,
Read the full poem here:
God In Stew
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