When I am with you, we stay up all night,

When you’re not here, I can’t get to sleep.

Praise God for these two insomnias!

And the difference between them.

From Essential Rumi  by Coleman Barks

The following words arose in response to a recent question from a friend, the first indicated question below:. 

How is it that although I know nothing dies, I still have days of grief for my dad?

I’m not going to say anything you don’t already know. It is time for you to really embody and put into practice that which your father came here to teach you. Remember he left when you were ready, not a moment too soon or too late. He is here in spirit now to support you on your divine mission.

Any relationship as deeply loving as the one between you and your father pays a price during physical separation. Yogananda, an enlightened sage and the founder of the Self Realization Fellowship, experienced similar feelings when sent from his Indian homeland to America by his master, Sri Yukteswar. So you are in good company.

Be aware also that these feelings are cyclical. Your question comes at the time of the Guru Pournima full moon, an auspicious time. Just as the moon regulates tides on our planet, so too it influences human emotions. Emotions are nearly always more intense around the time of a full moon. Feelings of grief are also more likely to arise on the anniversary of birthdays and other days associated with times of special sharing.

How do I move through my feelings of grief?

By not trying to move through them. By accepting them completely. By seeing them as a natural outpouring of emotion in response to a perception of loss. Now is the time to intensify any practices you do that assist in realizing the awareness of who you really are, that awaken you on a feeling level to your God Nature, your unlimited self. It is here that you meet your father. It is here where no missing or longing feelings arise because oneness is self evident. Identification with the form of your father falls away and you meet in reality. As Rumi, the great Persian mystic once wrote, “The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere, they’re in each other all along. (From Essential Rumi by Coleman Barks)

Consider allowing nature to caress and support you in times of grief. See the beauty, bathe in it. Nature acts as a buffer for human emotions. Finally, find someone who needs help and assist them.


Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi was a 13th century poet and philosopher who heavily influenced both eastern and western poetry. His poetry is divided into categories: The Quatrains and Odes of the Divan, The Six Books the Masnavi, The Discourses, The Letters, and The Six Sermons. Rumi’s major poetic work is Matnawiye Ma’nawi, a six-volume poem, considered by many literary critics to be one of the greatest works of mystical poetry ever written. Rumi’s prose works included Fihi Ma Fihi, Majalese Sab’a and Maktubat. His prose work largely contains sermons and lectures given by Rumi to his disciples and family members.

Rumi was born in 1207 in what is today the country of Afghanistan. During his lifetime Rumi completed more than 60,000 works of poetry. A lot of Rumi’s work, and the subject of many of the Rumi quotes used in modern day, are based around the concepts of man and nature uniting with the divine. The question of where souls have been and where they are going is frequently addressed by Rumi. This poet is often described as a “mystic” and though he was a Muslim Qu’ran scholar, Rumi’s words have appealed throughout history to people of many different religions. He departed this world in 1273. His words endure, touching the hearts of many today.

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