A New Pilgrimage (by Melody Doering)

A New Pilgrimage (by Melody Doering)

Melody DoeringA New Pilgrimage (February 24, 2007)

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Two years ago I began a pilgrimage from Le Puy, France to Santiago, Spain. My book of choice was the Gospel, Psalms, and Proverbs. Reading them on the road made vivid so many passages about walking, trust, having enough to eat, etc. Strangely, when I returned home, I found that I could no longer be a part of organized religion (this from a former organist!). As I continued to walk at home, I became assured that this departure from the norm, was a part of my pilgrimage. Last summer, I picked up my journey where I had left off, in Condom, France, and walked to Burgos, Spain. My texts were The Gift, Landinsky's translations of Rumi, and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintainence. Every time time I tasted of Rumi, I came away both nourished and hungry for more. More times than I can count, the texts paralleled my experiences on the path. Rumi is a part of my daily meditation. The glimmers of clarity that shine through his opaque writings sustain and inspire my life. The attached photo was taken by my hospitallier in St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port, as I set off across the Pyrenees. I plan to return to Burgos in June to finish my journey. My pilgrimage, however, has just begun. Melody Doering Bronx, NY (WNYC, 93.9 FM)

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is professor of Persian & Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis, and the author of several books, including Reading Mystical Lyric: The Case of Jalal aI-Din Rumi.