Isn’t That True or False? (6/16/2024)

Isn’t That True or False? (6/16/2024)

At the time of evening prayers,

everyone lights their candle and sets their table.

Yet, I put the Beloved’s image in front of me.

I cry and yell with sorrow and longing. Continue reading “Isn’t That True or False? (6/16/2024)”

When You Become a Friend… (6/9/2024)

When You Become a Friend… (6/9/2024)

When you become a friend of One whose heart is in God,

know that, just like your fate,

your soul will fall into Love’s fire.

Don’t worry. Don’t run away.

Know well that from then on,

it will be impossible to contain you anywhere.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai 1, page 444.

The Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (pubJuly2024), Rubai 1130, Volume 3.

Before You are Cooked (5/26/2024)

Before You are Cooked (5/26/2024)

Before you are cooked in the flames of your heart,

you are nothing but wet kindling.

Unless you tear up the body’s cloak,

the flames of Love cannot be your mentor.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai 1, page 439.

The Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (pub.2024), Rubai 1119, Volume 3.

The Land of Truth (5/19/2024)

The Land of Truth (5/19/2024)

Hey, night guard, what kind of guard are you anyway?

A thief stole all of our belongings last night.

 

Slap cold water on your face.

Yell and scream.

Our gains became a loss because of your sleep. Continue reading “The Land of Truth (5/19/2024)”

All Upside Down (5/12/2024)

All Upside Down (5/12/2024)

O cloud, you are from the universe of the suns.

The thing you do now is all upside down.

Know well that by covering our world in darkness,

you are oppressing us.

It is for mortals like us to cry.

Instead, you are crying for us.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai 2, page 427.

The Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (apprx.pub.2024), Rubai 1117, Volume 3.

Why Don’t You Want to Come Out? (4/28/2024)

Why Don’t You Want to Come Out? (4/28/2024)

O eye, don’t become ruined by weeping.

O heart, don’t spill more blood because of this business.

O soul, you have reached a door in this dungeon of flesh.

Why don’t you want to come out?

Rubailer (2016), Rubai 3, page 435.

The Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (ApprxPub2024), Volume 3, Rubai 1115.

Yells and Screams (4/21/2024)

Yells and Screams (4/21/2024)
Yells and Screams (4/21/2024)

Come to our garden. Watch the spring there.

Come close to the Beloved

and see what kind of Beauty He is.

 

If you can’t reach the falcon, run after its shadow.

Watch the hunting in this secret hunting place. Continue reading “Yells and Screams (4/21/2024)”

This Burning (4/14/2024)

This Burning (4/14/2024)

O heart, you are under foot, always in ruins.

You leave your soul to sorrow,

getting so much pleasure from that sorrow.

This time, you have fallen into the fire and I have left you.

Maybe you will become a master through this burning.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai 1, page 434.

The Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (pub.summer 2024), Volume 3, Rubai 1104.