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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger
Can't you smell the perfume of roses in the air after reading this poem?
Ummi Sinan gives us a vision where all the world is filled with roses. A world made of roses. Not just roses, but the rose The Rose.
In Sufi mystical language The Rose is often used as an image of God, and the heart God is the true Heart of Being.
The rose unfolds in a gentle circling that invites one to yield inward. The rose is a symbol of lovers and of union. The rose resonates strongly with the gently awakened heart.
The rose grows from a bush of thorns yet reveals a delicate inner beauty and shares an intimate, sweet wine-like fragrance, symbolic of how the soul emerges from the tribulations of worldly difficulty and, in so doing, recognizes its innate beauty.
When Ummi Sinan recognizes The Rose everywhere, it is the mystic's recognition that God has taken up residence within the heart (or, rather, that the Divine presence has always been there) and it's the further recognition that all of creation is somehow within the awakened heart. Everything encountered is encountered in the heart.
Let's get a little more specific with some of the sacred imagery here
Ummi Sinan gives us an image of the white rose and the red rose that grow coupled in one garden. This is an important pairing of colors that appears in esoteric traditions all over the world, in Sufism, in alchemy, as a sign of rank in the Catholic Church, painted on Hindu and Buddhist temples. The colors white and red represent the masculine and feminine energies on all levels white is male and red is female. The white represents purity, essence, divine spirit; the red is the power of manifestation and awakening life. So when Ummi Sinan tells us of a white rose and a red rose that are coupled in the divine garden, he is giving us an image of the fundamental polarities in natural, eternal balance in the divine garden. Recognizing this harmony on all levels is a prerequisite to entering the rose garden.
In the closing lines, Sinan reminds himself (and us) to heed the mystery / of the sorrow of the nightingale and rose. In Sufi poetry, the nightingale is said to sing such an enchanting, mournful song because it is hopelessly in love with the rose. The rose is the Beloved, the Heart of hearts, and the nightingale is the lover, the seeker, the Sufi. Every cry of the forlorn nightingale / is for the rose, the rose. Every yearning in the world, every cry of longing and desire in the world is the crying out of creation for the Beloved. It is the crying out for the intoxication of unity.
The wheel turns round as the water flows.
Its power and its stillness
are the rose, rose.
You can hear this Sufi song performed on Latif Bolat's website.
Have a beautiful day!
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