Monthly Archives: May 2014

Duka dan doa

Kadang doa dan kata-kata bijak terasa tak relevan. Ketika terungkap saat hati tengah berduka sangat. Terucap deras dari beragam mulut, jangan begitu, harus begini, tidak baik seperti itu, sabarlah, ikhlas, ingat Tuhan, tak ada yang abadi di dunia ini, doakan, mohon ampun, mohon perlindungan.

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Do you hear me, or do you only hear you?

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She sat before me in silence, fully present to what I was about to say. I told her what had been going on and how I was. Minutes after, she was still sitting there, soundless, with occasional nods.

“Aren’t you going to say anything?” I asked curiously.

“I am still listening,” she said.

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“Pasti cina ya?”

Badan saya mengkeret setiap kali mendengar ungkapan itu. Terasa sakit di hati. Rasa serupa juga melanda ketika kata-kata di atas muncul sebagai ide judul tulisan beberapa hari lalu. Saya bukan orang yang konfrontatif. Tidak suka mencetuskan hal-hal yang kontroversial. Namun, kata-kata tersebut menetap di benak, berkeras untuk terekspresikan.

Baru-baru ini Indonesia diingatkan oleh peristiwa bulan Mei 1998. Di media sosial, ramai dengan tagar #menolaklupa. Mengingatkan kita akan suatu periode gelap saat rasa marah dan frustasi kolektif bangsa ditumpahkan kepada satu etnis tertentu. Layaknya pucuk gunung es di tengah laut, periode luapan marah yang singkat itu mencerminkan perjalanan yang jauh lebih panjang. Bara dalam sekam bangsa yang mungkin hingga kini pun belum padam sepenuhnya.
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A place of repose – I am here

Poem from the chapter on
‘The Wisdom of Elevation and Prophecy in the Word of Jesus’
From Ibn ‘Arabi’s Fusus al-hikam

As for the spiritual bringing to life through knowledge, this is luminous, sublime, eternal, divine life about which God said, “Or whoever was dead and we brought him to life and we made for him a light with which he walks among the people”( Q. 6:122). Anyone who revives a dead soul through the life of knowledge, with regard to a particular question relating to the knowledge of God, has brought him to life by it, so it is for him a light with which he walks among the people, that is among those resembling him in form.
Were it not for Him and were it not for us
that which is would not have been.
We are truly servants
and God is our master;
And we are the same as Him. Know this
when you say ‘human being’
And do not be veiled by human being.
He has given you proof,
So be the Real ( haqq) and be creation (khalq)!
You will be, through God, All-compassionate.
Nourish His creation through Him,
You will be a “refreshing repose and reviving scent.” (Q.56:89)
We give Him that by which He appears in us,
and He gives to us.
The affair becomes shared
between Him and us.
He gives life to the one who knows my heart
when He gives us life.
In Him, we were beings
and potentialities and moments.
In us, it is not always so,
but only so at times.

Translated from the Arabic by Cecilia Twinch

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Kembali ke akar: Menyoal ketahanan pangan

Beberapa waktu lalu saya menyaksikan tayangan video singkat tentang perkembangan dunia — tentang alam dan teknologi. Silih berganti pemandangan alam pegunungan, laut, hewan, tanaman, diselingi dengan berbagai perkembangan teknologi serta pembangunan yang dilakukan oleh manusia. Intervensi manusia dalam video itu mengusik saya.

Rasanya semua bergerak harmonis, kecuali apa yang dibangun oleh manusia. Gedung atau fasilitas yang dibangun terasa tidak pada tempatnya. Pesawat jet yang melintas terasa bising dan berpolusi. Terlintas di benak saya, betapa kita lupa bagaimana mengalir selaras dengan alam. Betapa kita terbuai hingga tak sadar betapa jauhnya kita telah menyimpang.

Hari ini saya kembali tersadarkan betapa kita telah bergeser dari kebijaksanaan yang ditawarkan oleh alam. Tadi siang, saya berbincang tentang ketahanan pangan.
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