[B]I, 21 Tivra samveganam asannah
I, 22 mrudu madhya adhimatra tvat tatah api visesah
For those who have
an intense urge for Spirit
it sits near them,
For those who have an urge of varying degrees –
mild, moderate, or intense –
due to these differences,
there also arise distinctions
in their sense of closeness
The first of the two sutras reminds me of verses from Rumi’s poem Desire and the Importance of Failing:
“…No lover wants union with the Beloved
without the Beloved also wanting the lover.”
“…The gist is: whatever anyone seeks
that is seeking the seeker.”
It also reminds me of the poem by Metchild of Madeburg, God speaks to the soul:
And God said to the soul:
I desired you before the world began.
I desire you now as you desire me.
And when the desires of two come together,
there love is perfected.
How the soul speaks to God:
Lord you are my lover,
my flowing stream,
And I am your reflection.
How God answers the soul:
It is my nature that makes me love you often,
for I am love itself.
It is my longing that makes me love you intensely,
for I yearn to be loved from the heart.
It is my eternity that makes me love you long,
for I have no end.
Barks, C., Feeling the Shoulder of the Lion: selected poetry and teaching stories from the Mathnawi/Jalaluddin Rumi. Boston, MA: Shambala Publications. 1991
Harvey, A., ed. Teachings of the Christian Mystics. Boston, MA: Shambala Publications. 1998.
Stiles, M., Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Boston, MA: Red Wheel/Weiser LLC. 2002.