“Seek the wisdom that will untie your knot.” I read the quote that statement is commonly used with probably hundreds of times in the past. It really reads like a new idea every time I come across it somewhere. I always think of some new twist in my life experiences which it forms with and delivers new insight into my journey.
Now for a longer passage from the same author, Rumi:
Seek the wisdom that will untie your knot
seek the path that demands your whole being.
Leave that which is not, but appears to be
seek that which is, but is not apparent.
You are searching the world for treasures
but the real treasure is yourself.
If you are tempted by bread, you will find only bread.
What you seek for you become.
Really deep and insightful. I will not go in great detail about Rumi since his biography is readily available from various sources but instead I want to focus on some of the keywords in this passage.
Rumi used “seeking” as a teaching element in his writings. He shares this trait with many great teachers. Horace Mann often gets quoted as the origin of this quote:
Seek not greatness, but seek truth and you will find both.
- Horace Mann
Curiously enough, old Horace held political offices in the U.S. for many years. Of course, he lived during an age when many politicians actually said meaningful things that people listened too.
The American Standard Version Bible lists Matthew 7:7-11:
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Even Christianity’s favorite collection of quotes talks a bit about seeking. So what does seeking mean? Well, if you type define:seeking in Google’s search box, you might get the following:
seeking present participle of seek (Verb)Verb
- Attempt to find (something): “they seek shelter”.
- Attempt or desire to obtain or achieve (something): “the new regime sought his extradition”.
So, if we look closely, I think we can find a deeper meaning behind the quotes in this article. Really deeper meaning floated to my awareness after the most recent reading of the Rumi quote.
“Seeing” requires use of the eyes and many times when we look around we do so silently. Listening requires we look at the thing being listened too. If we listen at a higher level of understanding and thought, we might actually learn things. The old saw about listening goes something like this: Listen twice, speak once. We have two ears so we can listen twice (and, presumably, think twice). Then, and only then, should we speak.
Listen twice before you speak once.
- Scottish Proverb