There is No Family for You.. Except Love (8/7/2022)

If there is one who doesn’t have a trace of His Love,
cover that one with a cloud,
because he is the enemy of the Moon.

How dry is the tree which doesn’t grow in this garden.
How contemptible is the saint
who doesn’t stay in the shade of this tree. Continue reading “There is No Family for You.. Except Love (8/7/2022)”

I am Yours (7/31/2022)

O my God, don’t leave me in the hands of this unreliable, despicable self.

Don’t make me agree with anyone but You.

I run to You from deceits, troubles, from my self.

I am Yours. Don’t give my self back to me.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai 3, page 413.

The Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (apprx. pub. 3/2023), Rubai 875, volume 2.

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”

You Used to Live in the Sky (4/24/2022)

You Used to Live in the Sky (4/24/2022)

You used to live in the sky,

used to think you belonged to that world, pure and clean.

Then, you drew your picture on the Earth,

got stuck in this dirty place and forgot your origin.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai 3, page 398.

The Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (apprx. pub. 10/2022), Rubai 848, Volume 2.

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.

Generous and Merciful (3/6/2022)

Generous and Merciful (3/6/2022)

I pulled you out of the fire of lust, brought you here,

then threw you back into that fire, scattering you there.

 

You were born from My heart like these words.

Yet, you run, trying to escape. And, you reproach me. Continue reading “Generous and Merciful (3/6/2022)”

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.