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I am mindful that debilitating and grinding poverty afflicts my people
and chains them to the lowest rung of the economic ladder.
Therefore, I must ask why this prize is awarded to a movement
which is beleaguered and committed to unrelenting struggle;
to a movement which has not won the very peace and brotherhood
which is the essence of the Nobel Prize.
I conclude that this award which I receive on behalf of that movement
is a profound recognition that nonviolence is the answer
to the crucial political and moral question of our time –
the need for man to overcome oppression and violence
without resorting to violence and oppression.
Civilization and violence are antithetical concepts.
Negroes of the United States, following the people of India,
have demonstrated that nonviolence is not sterile passivity,
but a powerful moral force which makes for social transformation.
Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace,
and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood.
If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict
a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation.
The foundation of such a method is love.
Can’t You See the Mighty Warrior?
How often you ask,What is my path?What is my cure?
He has made you a seeker of Unity,isn’t that enough?
All your sorrow exists for one reason – that you may end sorrow forever.
The desire to know your own soul will end all other desires.
The smell of bread has reached you –
if that aroma fills you with delight what need is there for bread?
If you have fallen in love, that love is proof enough;
If you have not fallen in love, what good is all your proof?
Can’t you see? –
If you are not the King what meaning is there in a kingly entourage?
If the beautiful one is not inside you
what is that light hidden under your cloak?
From a distance you tremble with fear –
Can’t you see the mighty warrior standing ready in your heart?
The fire of his eyes has burned away every veil,
So why do you remain behind the curtain,
scared of what you cannot see? – Open your eyes!
The Beloved is staring you right in the face!
If a master has not placed his light in your heart,
What joy can you find in this world? –
every flower is lifeless, and sweet wine has no taste.
~ Rumi ~
(A Garden Beyond Paradise: The Mystical Poetry of Rumi,
versions by Jonathan Star)