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Excerpted from One River, Many Wells by Matthew Fox. Copyright © 2000 by Matthew Fox. Excerpted by permission of Penguin Putnam, Inc.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. HTML and web pages copyright © by SpiritSite.com.

"The sunís light looks a little different on this wall than it does on that wall... but itís still one light."

  Matthew Fox, One River, Many Wells, Part 4

The mystical tradition of Islam, the Sufi tradition, also sees all mystical traditions as one. Rumi says:

All religions,
all this singing,
is one song.
The differences are just
illusion and vanity.
The sunís light looks a little different
on this wall than it does on that wall...
but itís still one light.

Rumi grounds the likeness found in every mystical tradition to the depth of the experience of the Divine one touches in a particular tradition. Love is the key.

For those in love,
Moslem, Christian, and Jew do not exist....
Why listen to those who see it another way? Ė
if theyíre not in love
their eyes do not exist.

Thirteenth-century Sufi Hafiz also addresses Deep Ecumenism. He writes:

I have learned so much from God
that I can no longer call myself
a Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Jew.

He warns about living in the past and following a religion that lives nostalgically when he writes:

What do sad people have in common?
It seems they have all built a shrine to the past
And often go there
and do a strange wail and worship.
What is the beginning of happiness?
It is to stop being so religious like that.

Sometimes spirituality demands that we jump ship.

The great religions are the ships,
Poets the life boats.
Every sane person I know
has jumped overboard!
That is good for business, isnít it, Hafiz?

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