“The Tavern: Whoever Brought Me Here Will Have to Take Me Home”
From the book “The Essential Rumi”, translated by Coleman Barks
On the Tavern
In the tavern there are many wines -the wine of delight in color and form and taste, the wine of the intellect’s agility, the fine port of stories, and the cabernet of soul singing. Being human means entering this place where entrancing varieties of desire are served. The grapeskin of ego breaks and a pouring beings. Fermentation is one of the oldest symbols for human transformation. When grapes combine their juice and are closed up together for a time in a dark place, the results are spectacular. This is what lets two drunks meet so that they don’t now who is who. Pronouns no longer apply in the tavern’s mud-worl of excited confusion and half-articulated wantings.
But after some time in the tavern, a point comes, a memory of elsewhere, a longing for the source, and the drunks must set off from the tavern and begin the return. The Qur’an says, “We are all returning.” The tavern is a kind of glorious hell that human beings enjoy and suffer and ten push off from in their search for truth. The tavern is a dangerous region where sometimes disguises are necessary, but never hide your heart, Rumi urges. Keep open there. A breaking apart, a crying out into the street, begins in the tavern, and the human soul turns to find its way home.
It’s 4 A.M. Nasruddin leaves the taverns and walks the town aimlessly. A policeman stops him. “Why are you wandering the streets in the middle of the night?” “Sir,” replies Nasruddin, “if I knew the answer to that question, I would have been home hours ago!”
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Biografía en español ❦
Mi nombre es Yaisha Vargas-Pérez y soy maestra y mentora de mindfulness certificada por el Greater Good Science Center de la Universidad de California en Berkeley en asociación con Sounds True (Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program MMTCP 2017-2019). El programa está dirigido por Jack Kornfield y Tara Brach. También recibí una certificación profesional (CMT-P) de la Asociación Internacional de Profesores de Mindfulness (IMTA) y completé el programa Mindfulness Mentor Training (MMT 2022), dirigido por Kornfield y Brach, a través de la plataforma Cloud Sangha. Actualmente soy estudiante del programa de capellanía ecológica Buddhist Eco-Chaplaincy Program (BEC) del Sati Center for Buddhist Studies en California. El programa está dirigido por Gil Fronsdal, Susie Harrington, Kirsten Rudestam y Ram Appalaraju. Enseño mindfulness en Sagrado Global y el Centro Sofía, ambos en la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón en Puerto Rico. También facilito un grupo de mindfulness comunitario por Zoom. Para ver mi biografía completa, visita www.yaishavargas.com
❦ Bio in English ❦
My name is Yaisha Vargas-Pérez and I am a mindfulness teacher and mentor certified by the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California at Berkeley in association with Sounds True (Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program MMTCP 2017-2019). The program is directed by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. I also received a professional certification (CMT-P) from the International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA) and completed the Mindfulness Mentor Training (MMT 2022) program, led by Kornfield and Brach, through the Cloud Sangha platform. I am currently a student in the Buddhist Eco-Chaplaincy Program (BEC) at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies in California. The program is directed by Gil Fronsdal, Susie Harrington, Kirsten Rudestam and Ram Appalaraju. I teach mindfulness at Sagrado Global and Centro Sofía, both at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico. I also facilitate a community mindfulness group via Zoom. To see my full biography, please visit www.yaishavargas.com
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This passage just defined so much for me… or, should I say, set free so much for me?