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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger
I really like the visceral start to this poem.
flowed like blood
beneath skin, through veins
It's so physical, even slightly disturbing. Sheikh Abu-Said Abil-Kheir wants to literally get under your skin with those opening lines.
But what is it that has taken over the very blood and organs of our body? Love.
When deep mystics speak of love, they aren't talking about vague and all-too-fleeting emotional states. When you are truly flooded by that foundational love -- let's capitalize it and call it Love -- there is something very tangible that is experienced. It is physical. The whole body at every level, "every limb / every organ", every cell, in fact, suddenly feels alive in a way previously unknown. There is a powerful sense of alignment, as if each cell was an iron filing exposed to a powerful magnet, all lining up harmoniously along hidden lines of force. Something alchemical is happening in the body.
my name remains.
the rest is It.
And the small self, what we might call the ego-self, seems to fade away. Although you are emptied of that isolated sense of self, you aren't left empty. Instead, you are filled up, but with something much wider and all-embracing -- a sense of identity too open to be called "me." People may look at you and see the same face, call you by the same name, but those relate to the ego identity, when in truth only that loving presence remains, contentedly witnessing the world through your eyes.
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