Rumi breaks down Divine Union of the Trinity
Another day, another highly powerful Rumi poem on divine Union to share with you! This particular poem breaks down the concept of the Holy Trinity and Union. Despite Rumi being a Sufi Muslim, this idea was clearly taken from the Christian concept of the trinity. That trinity being the Father, Holy Spirit and Son. If we wish to explain this in more modern terms. This trinity is the Subconscious mind, Energy (Love) and the Conscious mind or the Outer Self reuniting via Spirit to the Inner Self.
Now, he doesn’t view this trinity as being external to us as many of the religions have taught us over the years. He viewed this trinity as being an unfoldment, waiting to happen within ourselves. The Holy trinity is actually a powerful symbol of an internal process of god/self realisation.
Only the Intellect blocks us from Union
We are the holy trinity of Spirit, Soul and Body, we are just ignorant of the fact that we are that trinity due to our limited sense of being a human body and personality. When we are stuck in the intellect and body, we have limited thinking and cannot even comprehend this. This is why the intellect must be discarded, so we can allow this process of realisation and union to occur within ourselves.
It is only the Intellect (Body) that blocks this wonderful realisation of union from occurring. This is why we must get out of our own way and simply allow awakening to happen. This is not a process that can occur via the intellectual body mind, the Body mind must be subdued for any dramatic shifts to occur. Only once we let go of the need for control via thought, can this process of resurrection occur within us.
This poem also teaches us the true meaning of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ as outlined in the Bible. This resurrection was meant to be experienced within the body, not as an external form of worship. The resurrection is our experience of union with God within ourselves.
Rumi on The Union of Three Becoming One
Here is the Poem ‘We Three’, taken from ‘The Essential Rumi’ by Coleman Barks. Again, a must buy book if you enjoy Rumi’s work as much as I do. This particular short poem sums up the powerful experience of enlightenment and awakening. See below the poem, for an in-depth breakdown of the various part of the poem.
We Three by Rumi
”My love wanders the rooms, melodious, flute notes, plucked wires, full of wine the Magi drank on the way to Bethlehem.
We are three. The moon comes from its quiet corner, puts a pitcher of water down in the center. The circle of surface flames.
One of us kneels to kiss the threshold.
One drinks, with wine flames playing over his face.
One watches the gathering, and says to any cold onlookers,
This dance is the joy of existence.
I am filled with you. Skin, blood, bone, brain, and soul.
There’s no room for lack of trust, or trust. Nothing in this existence but that existence.”
‘We Three’ Explained and Broken down
‘My love wanders the rooms, melodious, flute notes, plucked wires, full of wine the Magi drank on the way to Bethlehem.‘ – This is symbolic of the direct experience of God/energy/spirit that permeates all things. Rumi is explaining the state he is experiencing. He is depicting the concept that his heart has awakened and opened and his heart is not closed off or guarded any longer. He is expressing the harmony and love he feels for himself and the world that surrounds him. His love being headed towards Bethlehem, the symbolic birth of Christ. He is expressing the fact that this awakening of his heart is enabling the Christ to be birthed within his body.
‘We are three. The moon comes from its quiet corner, puts a pitcher of water down in the center. The circle of surface flames.‘ – The moon is a symbol of the mind and intellect, he outlines that the moon is now quiet. This is a symbol of the silence of his mind, the submission of the intellect and persona to allow the process of awakening to occur. Due to this silencing of the mind, the water is placed in the center. This center is his heart, due to the silencing of his intellect, his heart is awakened now due to the mental silence and a transformation of the body now begins to occur via the water/spirit. The circle of flames is symbolic of the Solar Plexus (Soul) which is just below the heart in the upper abdomen.
The Three Hidden One’s
‘One of us kneels to kiss the threshold.‘ – This One is symbolic of the surrender and submission of the intellect (Body). The intellectual mind and body has kneeled and submitted itself to allow awakening to occur. The kissing of the threshold is a symbol of the intellects desire to be reunited with its original source of being, God.
‘One drinks, with wine flames playing over his face.‘ – This One is symbolic of the rising of the Spirit throughout the body, Rumi is tasting the experience of awakening within himself, he is experiencing the transformation and burning sensation of this resurrection of Christ/Spirit within himself. Rumi also outlines the fact this experience now is spreading over his face (his mind/intellect).
‘One watches the gathering, and says to any cold onlookers, This dance is the joy of existence.‘ – This One is a symbol of God, our original Self. The Source of our being, our Soul. This source is now observing its own reunion with the body and enjoying the profound experience of awakening. The cold onlookers are the disbelievers, the ones who remain trapped in the intellectual mind and can not submit their intellects to their Souls/God. It is a symbol that any person who can not surrender their intellects, will never get the chance to experience this incredible joy of existence and being alive again.
The Final Union and Experience of Existence
‘I am filled with you. Skin, blood, bone, brain, and soul.‘ – Rumi is expressing here, that there is no longer any separation occurring within himself. A full Union has occurred between his Soul, Spirit and Body. His outer layer of skin is as filled with God/Divinity as is the innermost layer of his soul. He is experiencing the wholeness of Being throughout himself. His awakening and union with God has come to full fruition and he is experiencing the joy of knowing God/Spirit on a deeply intimate level.
‘There’s no room for lack of trust, or trust. Nothing in this existence but that existence.‘ – Rumi has moved beyond simply having faith in an external God, he recognises God in his OWN very being. There is no longer any need to have faith or trust in things unseen. He feels and Knows it within his very Self that God exists, trust has been superseded, he has found full union with Spirit. This is true definition of truly finding yourself. It is a move beyond any external concepts of faith or trust in distant deities, it is a deep state of internal realisation. A realisation of I AM THAT!
Nothing in this existence but that existence is symbol of his surrender and submission of his intellect, he has emptied himself of his personality and has allowed his true inner self (God) to take over. This being simply a process of allowing our intellect to find Union again with our source of being.
I hope you enjoy this slice of genius from Rumi, despite my use of many different terms throughout this post, I do not intend to confuse you. ‘We Three’ is truly about the essence of rediscovering your True Inner Self, your True Inner Nature. Although words such as Finding God, Union, Awakening and Enlightenment may be used to describe this process. We must never lose sight of our only aim and goal. Our only aim and goal being to discover who we truly are again. Our intellectual mind and body veils us from this inner realisation, only when we decide to surrender our ignorance of ourselves, can we begin experience this truly joyous realisation of existence and life again. This poem beautifully reveals the process and experience of Self union and realisation.
If you wish to check it out, I also recently wrote about another brilliant poem from Rumi, named ‘A King inside who listens’.