By Doug Marman
I’ve been invited back to Toronto, Canada, to give another talk about The Hidden Teachings of Rumi.
The talk will be held Sunday, September 30, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, EDT, at the Aurora Public Library, just north of Toronto. I hope to see you there.
Here is a quick description of what I will be talking about:
The spiritual path is not a path where we find answers that bring an end to our questions. It is a path that leads deeper and deeper into the unknown.
As the Sufi poet, Rumi, says, we have to continually give up everything we think we know to take the next step on the spiritual path. This means, over and over again, becoming a beginner, like a child who sees life as completely new. We need to keep starting over because our experience with life changes us as we grow spiritually. We are changed so deeply that we see the world through different eyes.
We like to reassure ourselves about how much we know and how much we have learned, especially as we grow older. It gives us the feeling that we are standing on firm ground and that we know who we are. However, this won’t do us much good if we are seeking what Rumi calls the real jewel of life—the treasures hidden in the unknown. To find the wisdom of the invisible worlds within us we must let go of the firm ground beneath our feet and who we think we are. We must risk everything. This is every bit a true adventure.
You can find more information at these links:
Facebook, Meetup, The Hidden Teachings of Rumi webpage
If you are interested in a dialogue on this subject, please feel free to start the discussion below.
You can now see a video of the talk I gave by clicking this link: https://spiritualdialogues.com/2018/11/the-call-of-the-unknown/
Dear Doug and Karen
It was a great pleasure and blessing for me to be in your spiritual lectures in Aurora Library and York University, thanks and hope to see you soon.
Thanks. I hope to post the video recording from both of those talks soon.
Thanks for writing.
Dear Karen and Doug,
I would like to thank you for coming to Toronto for a second time.
I finally became courageous and I am not scared of the unknown in the Spiritual and Physical life. That happened with your presentation in our gathering in Toronto.
You offer the hope of enlightenment.
Thank you for what you wrote.
If you have courage to journey into the Unknown, in the spiritual and physical life, then you have opened the door to a great adventure.
Thank you for your kind words.
By the way, I will be posting a video of that talk soon.
Dear Doug and Dear Karen,
Meeting you and knowing your vision and philosophy was such a great experience to me, like sunrise on my misty thoughts. It changed my lenses. I feel that I have got new wings to fly.
Thank you for coming and being so generous to give us that much love and knowledge of your precious life experience and studies.
Thank you, Helia.
Karen and I both enjoyed meeting everyone there and the lively discussion.
It was such an uplifting experience to host you in our community in Toronto area.
Thank you very much for coming here and gently reminding us that there is much more to the inner Path, and if we trust Life and take another step towards the Unknown, Life will ride us on the wave of awareness deep into the heart of the Beloved
And as Rumi says, the most heart-warming part of it all was seeing friends and feeling their presence:
“My greater desire is to see my friends, to gaze my fill upon them and they on me. For when friends see deeply into one another here, below, and they are raised into the other world, they quickly recognize each other there. Knowing how closely they were together in the world of mortality, their reuniting brings great joy.”
Thank you so much for your wonderful talk. We are grateful to have you as a guide to help us grow. Thank you for sharing your “ Gift “ with us and thank you for giving us the opportunity.
Thank you, Azar.
It was a great opportunity for me as well.
Thank you Doug and Karen for coming over and letting us experience all the wonderful moments that words are not capable of describing.
Doug: In your great talk on “the call of the unknown”, you inspired us ‘not’ to be satisfied with the given answers, but to awaken to them. You showed us that it is OK to become a beginner like a child again and see the life with new eyes and step on the path that is not firm under our feet.
Thank you again and we all hope to see you and Karen soon.
With love and gratitude,
We were so blessed to see you again, listen to your wonderful talk, and have such a beautiful lovely moments with you and Karen. Thank you so much!
Hope we can find the real jewel of life—the treasures hidden in the unknown.
Thank you, and it was good to see you there as well.