When One Takes a Closer Look (6/19/2022)

When One Takes a Closer Look (6/19/2022)

The space is vast, but no one comes forward. No one stands out.

The state of affairs of this world is not what one thinks.

On the surface, some people look like saints.

But, when one takes a closer look,

not a single sign of true faith can be seen in any of them.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai 3, page 412.

The Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (apprx pub 10/2022), Rubai 871, volume 2.

Enough! (6/12/2022)

Enough! (6/12/2022)

Man makes plans and takes appropriate measures,

but he doesn’t know his fate.

Once God enters the scene,

all his plans and measures disappear.

 

Man thinks, but his sight is limited.

He uses all his cunning, but he is far from being Godly.

 

If he is successful when he takes two steps, he takes two more.

He has no idea in what direction God will pull him next.

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Don’t be ostentatious.

Yearn for the kingdom of Love.

Love is the One to save you from the angel of death.

 

Be silent. Choose a place. Settle down.

Wherever you choose, that King will set you up there.

 

You can be sure that all the people you see

are in the prison of death.

A prisoner cannot get you out of jail.

 

Enough!

How long are you going to flirt with the blind?

How long are you going to yell at the deaf?

Divan-i Kebir, Volume 20, Ghazal 25, verses 267-273, pages 51-52.

The Wings of Love (6/5/2022)

The Wings of Love (6/5/2022)

When Love came into my heart,

it couldn’t withstand Love’s fire.

My heart was totally annihilated.

It lost the power of its own bird-like wings

and flew away on the wings of Love.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai 1, page 409.

The Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (approx. pub. 10/2022), Rubai 866, volume 2.

The Secrets of Our Heart (5/15/2022)

The Secrets of Our Heart (5/15/2022)

One cannot reflect our fire,

nor can one articulate the secrets of our heart.

 

Our early morning sighs are not confidants with whom we share our troubles,

nor is a friendly soul even to be found to hear those sighs.

 

We are not the pearl which has been found in the sea,

nor are we a sea which ever rests.

 

We are not the meaning which comes from words,

nor are we words which can be said.

 

Language is like a canal for meanings.

But, how could such a sea fit in this canal?

 

Every piece of the soul’s world makes a new world,

but such a new world could never fit in someone’s mouth.

Divan-i Kebir, Volume 19, ghazal 269, verses 2756-2761, page 121.

Do Not Bother with the Foam (5/8/2022)

Do Not Bother with the Foam (5/8/2022)

When every day infamy spreads over an entire age,

the one who becomes famous is not a courageous man.

If you are looking for a pearl, dive deep into the ocean.

Do not bother with the foam on the shore.

Rubailer (2016), rubai 3, page 186.

The Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (apprx.pub. 10/2022), rubai 373, volume 1.

Like the Sun (5/1/2022

O cupbearer, take some of the weight off of the drunks.

It’s hard to see anyone of value

who isn’t being crushed by troubles and worries.

 

O rose-faced, cypress-statured Beauty,

come to the rose garden.

You won’t find anything which gives better shade than the cypress. Continue reading “Like the Sun (5/1/2022”

Why Are We So Conceited? (4/10/2022)

Why Are We So Conceited? (4/10/2022)

We are toys of God’s omnipotence.

He has all the wealth and power.

We are just poor, helpless creatures.

Why are we so conceited?

We are all fellow servants of His palace

Rubailer (2016), Rubai 4, page 403.

The Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (apprx.pub. 10/2022), Rubai 851, volume 2.

A Slave of Troubles (3/27/2022)

A Slave of Troubles (3/27/2022)

You were our playmate. What has happened to you?

This is the assembly of souls.

Why are you silenced and petrified?

Before, you were like the iris or cypress, free from sorrows.

Now, after becoming rich and famous,

you are a slave of troubles.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai 1, page 399.

The Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (apprx. pub. 10/2022), Rubai 847, volume 2.

Try to See the Honey (3/13/2022)

Try to See the Honey (3/13/2022)

Don’t look at me as if I am a stranger.

I am close to you.

Try to see the honey and not just the bees.

Unless you are Satan, look for the meaning of Adam.

Don’t bother with his shape and size.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai 4, page 375.

The Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (apprx. pub. 5/2022), Rubai 826, Volume 2.

Choose the Trouble of Love (1/30/2022)

Choose the Trouble of Love (1/30/2022)

Choose the trouble of Love over all other troubles.

I don’t know any better way to reach the Beloved.

Don’t worry if you don’t have wealth and possessions.

Worry if you don’t have troubles.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai 3, page 366.

The Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (approx pub. 5/22), Volume 2, Rubai 804.

This is the Time of War (1/16/2022)

This is the Time of War (1/16/2022)

Put on your arms. This is the time of war, O soul.

It is getting late. Don’t hesitate.

This world is nothing but a colorful show. Give it up, O soul.

There is a cat and mouse fight on every corner, O soul.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai 2, page 362.

The Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (apprx .pub. 5/22), Rubai 792, volume 2.

Burn That Thing (12/19/2021)

Burn That Thing (12/19/2021)

O my Beloved, accept me. Take my soul.

Let me pass through both worlds.

If I settle down with anything other than You,

throw me into the fire and burn that thing.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai 3, page 353.

The Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (apprx. pub. 5/2022), Rubai 761, Volume 2)

Like Roses… Like Gold Mines (12/5/2021)

Like Roses…Like Gold Mines (12/5/2021)

My soul is in the heart of the people who remain always soul.

They are like roses, knowing nothing but kindness.

Everyone has some content.

We are like chips of gold. They are like gold mines.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai 3, page 358.

The Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (apprx. pub. 5/2022), Rubai 783, Volume 2.