The Love Poems of Rumi written 700 years ago are a romantic cry of the heart of passion and longing for the love of the beloved from the lover (Rumi) or aspirant on the path seeking God. Once the love of God has been tasted on the inner planes of the spiritual world it is impossible to turn back. The feelings are addictive and once felt are sought ever more with increasing desire to find the source.
Pete Caswell’s Mind Cracker book is a little more down to earth and approaches the search for God and longing in a more modern day and humorous manner. Concepts of God are explored through life and the universe using clever mind riddles to approach the inner heart.
Rumi poems in the arms of the beloved are a passionate and tempestuous relationship between himself, the aspiring aspirant and God the Beloved. The passion is symbolic of the overwhelming desire the lover has for his beloved on the path to God, enlightenment, or to his true inner soul and true knowledge. It characterizes the love for God and the sacrifices he will make to obtain the love he so desires. When the lover begins to sight the beloved all that is material, the dual existence and illusion of life is drowned out by the more powerful feelings of the inner planes leading to God. Within the poems the wordings try to make sense of the inner life. This life is quite indescribable in normal words and is approached through riddles which oscillate back and forth like in Tao Te Ching. The riddles are softer but embued with passion which Tao Te Ching lacks.
Life as we know it is an illusion, a product of our own minds. The mind creates a separate existence for all of us as individuals and forms opinions by contrasting one against another. It is this separate identity created by the mind which is the veil preventing us from seeing the truth in life of oneness in God. Remove the veil. This is not as easy as you would first assume, this is the task of life. When the veils or veils are removed then the purpose of life is found and oneness is achieved. On this path to God as you turn away from the physical world of duality towards God it is then that this love affair begins from which there is no turning back. It is this love that Rumi so passionately describes.
Pete Caswell’s book Mind Cracker plays a similar game to Rumi only without the passion, more like Tao Te Ching but with more explanation and concepts. It is down to earth with poems and concepts of God to help you understand the meaning of the inner life and journey to find ones own true soul. This path to God is a confusing journey but what I did find most strange about this was that at the end of it you loose your own personal identity. You become one with God loosing who you are. At first I fought this notion and decided that I did not want to loose my identity. But after a While the thought became quite appealing. When the material world becomes less appealing then the work of maintaining this individual identity becomes less worthwhile