Don’t Ignore Your Dignity and Your Purpose

By Rumi

There is one thing in this world that you must never forget to do.

If you forget everything else and not this, there’s nothing to worry about; but if you remember everything else and forget this, then you will have done nothing in your life.

It’s as if a king has sent you to some country to do a task, and you perform a hundred other services, but not the one he sent you to do. So human beings come to this world to do particular work.

That work is the purpose, and each is specific to the person.

If you don’t do it, it’s as though a priceless Indian sword were used to slice rotten meat.

It’s a golden bowl being used to cook turnips, when one filing from the bowl could buy a hundred suitable pots.

It’s a knife of the finest tempering nailed into a wall to hang things on.

You say, “But look, I’m using the dagger. It’s not lying idle.”

Do you hear how ludicrous that sounds?

For a penny, an iron nail could be bought to serve the purpose.

You say, “But I spend my energies on lofty enterprises. I study jurisprudence and philosophy and logic and astronomy and medicine and all the rest.”

But consider why you do those things. They are all branches of yourself.

Remember the deep root of your being, the presence of your Lord.

Give your life to the one who already owns your breath and your moments. If you don’t, you will be exactly like the man who takes a precious dagger and hammers it into his kitchen wall for a peg to hold his dipper gourd.

You’ll be wasting valuable keenness and foolishly ignoring your dignity and your purpose.

Today, dignitiy and purpose can be confused with so many other things, becuase and only because  in real terms we sacrificed our true dignity and purpose in our growing up.

Dignity became what made someone else feel happy at the cost of our own happiness, and purpose became what society taught us through the factory schooling system, and/or through media propaganda.

How do we know this, becuase there is always an empty feeling left deep down inside.

Unbeknown to ourselves, we became negatively polarized – servicing the self, and/or what we believe to reinforce a sense of rightness about our existence. We express that as a need to control, and therefore to repress, first ourselves, then others, then excluding the ‘other’. In our separateness we disconnect from the whole, the tawhid of all life disempowering and being disempowered.

Our innate talents, our innate gifts, things we do well naturally are the guides to our true purpose, let us rediscover those, and rise above the maddening crowd! Those traits may need to be developed, but those innate traits are but gifts from God!

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