ONE’S REAL NAME

We should try to hear the name the Holy One has for things.  There is something in the phrase, “the Holy One taught him names.”

We name everything according to the number of legs it has.  But the Holy One names it according to what is inside.

Moses waved his stick–he thought its name was “rod”.  But inside, its name was “dragonous snake”.

We thought the name, “Umar”, meant “agitator against priests”.  But in eternity, his name is, “the one who believes”.

No one knows our name until our last breath goes out.

–Rumi

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