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What is the soul? Consciousness. The more awareness, the
deeper the soul, and when

such essence overflows, you feel a sacredness around. It’s
so simple to tell one who

puts on a robe and pretends to be a dervish from the real
thing. We know the taste

of pure water. Words can sound like a poem but not have
any juice, no flavor to

relish. How long do you look at pictures on a bathhouse
wall? Soul is what draws

you away from those pictures to talk with the old woman
who sits outside by the door

in the sun. She’s half blind, but she has what soul loves
to flow into. She’s kind; she weeps.

She makes quick personal decisions, and laughs so easily.

(“The Soul of Rumi” – versions of Rumi by Coleman Barks)

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“We live in suc­ces­sion, in divi­sion, in parts, in par­ti­cles. Mean­time within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the uni­ver­sal beauty, to which every part and par­ti­cle is equally related, the eter­nal ONE. The act of see­ing and the thing seen, the seer and the spec­ta­cle, the sub­ject and the object, are one.“
– Ralph Waldo Emer­son

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