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Rumi - 'I have passed beyond all thoughts'
by Craig Pearson, PhD    Translate This Article
26 April 2011

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The article is another in a series of essays by Craig Pearson, PhD,* about great historical figures in world culture whose works have expressed a deep familiarity—based on direct experience—with the transcendental field of life. This one is about 13th century Persian poet Rúmí, who is considered the greatest poet in the Persian language and one of the greatest in world literature.

As in articles on Helen Keller, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and others, Dr Pearson analyzes beautiful passages from Rúmí's work, articulating the details of his descriptions in terms of the knowledge and experience of transcendental consciousness—the fourth major state of consciousness, beyond waking, dreaming, and sleeping—brought to light from the ancient Vedic tradition by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

For example, Rúmí writes,

At times my state resembles sleep: a misguided person may think it is sleep. 

Know that my eyes are asleep, (but) my heart is awake: know that my (seemingly) inactive form is (really) in action. . . .
Tis not that I am seated beside you, 'tis my shadow: my rank is higher than (the reach of) thoughts,
Because I have passed beyond (all) thoughts, and have become a swift traveler outside (the region of) thought. 

I am the ruler of thought, not ruled (by it), because the builder is ruler over the building. . . .
—The Mathnawí

Dr Pearson explains, 'Rúmí is telling us about a state that may appear to be sleep from the outside—but deep inside, he says, ''my heart is awake.'' This is the opposite of what people ordinarily experience, he says—they are awake on the outside, but inside they are ''sunk in slumber.''

'Is he thinking quietly about something? No—''I have passed beyond (all) thoughts,'' he declares. With a series of vivid images he strives to draw the contrast between this state and ordinary experience.

'Readers familiar with the Transcendental Meditation technique will recognize that Rúmí has transcended the thinking process and is experiencing what Maharishi calls pure consciousness, unbounded awareness, . . . the experience of the mind's essential reality. This inner field lies beyond thought and feeling, even beyond space and time. The Transcendental Meditation technique enables you to have this experience easily and effortlessly.'

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* Dr Pearson is Executive Vice-President of Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA. He has served the University for 33 years, also as Dean of Faculty, Dean of Students, Director of Maharishi University of Management Press, Director of Freshman Composition, and Professor of Professional Writing. He holds a PhD in Maharishi Vedic Science from MUM and is the author of books on the development of full human potential, including The Complete Book of Yogic Flying.

© Copyright 2011 Maharishi Foundation USA

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