This mandala was inspired by a quote from a Rumi poem?
"And don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter.
It's quiet, but the roots are down there, riotous."
Riotous - Aromatherapy Locket
Riotous Pill Box
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There is a shimmering excitement in
being sentient and shaped. The
caravan master sees his camels lost
in it, nose to tail, as he himself is,
his friend, and the stranger coming
toward them. A gardener watches the
sky break into song, cloud wobbly with
what it is. Bud, thorn, the same.
Wind, water, wandering this essential
state. Fire, ground, gone. That's
how it is with the outside. Form
is ecstatic. Now imagine the inner:
soul, intelligence, the secret worlds!
And don't think the garden loses its
ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but
the roots are down there riotous.
If someone bumps you in the street,
don't be angry. Everyone careens
about in this surprise. Respond in
kind. Let the knots untie, turbans
be given away. Someone drunk on this
could drink a donkeyload a night.
Believer, unbeliever, cynic, lover,
all combine in the spirit-form we are,
but no one yet is awake like Shams.
-Rumi (from the book, Soul of Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks.)