Thanks for your comments Brummie, SixofNine, and Ravyn...
There is a paragraph preceding the first quote from Rumi that I posted. It is in a section entitled Wished-For Song:
The egg is Rumi's image for the private place where
each individual globe of soul fruit becomes elaborately
unique. Incubation in secret practices produces the
lovely differences. Out of one leathery egg, a sparrow,
out of a similar one, a snake. Transformations that
happen on retreat, the forty day chilla , are comparable
to the changes that come during nine months in a human
womb. Meditation, or any solitary practice (a walk before
dawn, a poem every morning, sitting on the roof at sunset),
gives depth and expands the soul's action.
A man in prison...
I think your explainations were interesting Brummie & Robdar. I am struggling through this and I appreciate everyone's viewpoints on this.
Yes, Ravyn, I ordered the set from One Spirit too...only one more book to order and I've fulfilled my commitment! I've also "picked at" these books...
Well, just be sure to keep an open mind to the idea that not everything...is going to be wise, deep, or helpful
SixofNine, I will keep that in mind. Your post reminded me of something I read in the Bardo Thodol:
Before his (outer) breath ceases, you should repeat this
in his ear many times, in order to plant it firmly in his
mind. Then when the outer breath is just at the point of
stopping, place him in the lion posture, his right side on
the ground, and squeeze the pulsing waves in the blood vessels
(of the neck). Press them strongly, cutting off pulsation
in the two sleep channels (in the neck). Then the winds
will enter the central channel and will not be able to
reverse, and his soul will definitely exit up the path of
I was disturbed by this because it seems to be describing strangulation...I can't see the helpfulness/wisdom in this passage. But what do I know?