Brian’s Reflection: Wednesday, January 26, 2011
To bring the sublime into the mundane
is the greatest challenge there is.
Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
Sublime: “up to a next hearth”. Mundane: “of the World”.
It seems to be rather difficult for us human beings to infuse the Mundane with the Sublime. Oh, we have plenty of advice! Religions. Philosophies. Wisdom. Truth. Gurus. Priests. Shamen. Scriptures. Gods & Goddesses.
We have grand ideas about what it is to be a fine human being, both as individuals and as part of the Human Community. We have lots of advice and guidance about how to be fine human brings – some helpful and some not so. But we don’t do it. As PVIK says, with a bit of obviousness, bringing the “sublime into the mundane is the greatest challenge there is”.
“Bringing the sublime into the mundane” is about evolving as a human being. It is about “dying” – dying meaning letting go of “stuff” we started out with from our birth and which was helpful in establishing our Ego and Identity as a unique person, and then integrating into the Universal Unconscious, into “God”, into the matrix of All That Exists – however you want to conceive it. We fear this because we think that we “disappear”. But Rumi clarifies this spiritual and philosophical and metaphysical misconception:
I died as a mineral and became a plant.
I died as a plant and rose to animal.
I died as an animal and I was Man.
Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
If you have a weak Ego, work on that ….. we all need a strong one. But when the Ego has been shored up, begin work on “sublimating” the Ego. In other words, start evolving to the next level of human evolvement, the next "hearth" (yes, that place of home!). As you move there, the fighting, the alienation, the fear begins to dissipate. Harmony and understanding grow.
Soon, there is Enlightenment and Peace and Freedom.
Think: is that not what we most desire?