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.

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.

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.

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.

Crying and Wailing (11/14/2021)

Crying and Wailing (11/14/2021)

O One who kneaded my hands and feet from mud

and gave senses and mind to my body,

O Moon, enlighten my eyes and heart.

Take me into Your arms.

My soul, which chews Your sugar, is crying and wailing for You.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai 3, page 355.

The Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (approx. pub. 5/2022), Rubai 762, Volume 2.

The End of My Story (10/17/2021)

The End of My Story (10/17/2021)

Once I was a child and followed teachers.

Next, I was content watching the faces of my friends.

But, see what happened at the end of my story:

I came like a cloud and left with the wind.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai 2, page 351.

The Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations, (apprx. pub. 5/2022), Rubai 754, Volume 2.

Not Like Your Halfway Happiness (10/3/2021)

Not Like Your Halfway Happiness (10/3/2021)

We have neither silk garments nor silver, but we are happy.

In trouble and fear, we are content.

We are drunk on the wine of eternal submission.

This is not like your halfway happiness.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai 3, page 343

The Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (approx. pub. 5/2022), Rubai 732, Volume 2

About Death (9/19/2021)

About Death (9/19/2021)

Your soul is a guest of your body for only a couple of days.

Yet, you have become so attached to this Earth

that you don’t want to listen when I talk about death.

Your soul is longing for that mansion –

that “death before death.”*

Unfortunately, your body’s donkey

has fallen asleep in the middle of the road.

*Total destruction of the self before the death of the body.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai 2, page 80.

The Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (approx. pub. date 3/2022), Rubai 108, Volume 1.

Only God Knows (9/5/2021)

Only God Knows (9/5/2021)

We keep turning like the sky in our longing for the Moon.

Only God knows our business.

Considering all the things which are happening in this world,

we wonder how smart people can keep their minds in their heads.

Yet, they wonder about our exuberance.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai #1, page 335.

The Rubais of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (pub. approx. 5/22), Rubai 721, volume 2.

This Dog (8/8/2021)

This Dog (8/8/2021)

I thought I could control the dog of my selfishness

by putting on him the chain of repentance.

Although he is getting tired and old,

whenever he sees a carcass,

he breaks the chain and attacks.

What can I do with this dog?

Rubailer (2016), Rubai #2, page 338.

A Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (tent. pub. 12/21), Rubai 717, Volume 2.

Secrets Shaken Out with Thunder (7/25/2021)

Secrets Shaken Out with Thunder (7/25/2021)

I became exuberant when that pearl emerged in me.

I was turned into a rough sea by that storm.

I revealed the secrets of the ocean,

secrets shaken out with thunder.

Then, I slept on the shore like an empty cloud.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai 2, page 329.

A Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (tent. pub. 12/1/2021), Volume 2, Rubai 696.

Trying to Find Me (7/11/2021)

Trying to Find Me (7/11/2021)

I stopped over at a tavern one day.

There, I started to tear my patched-up body-cloak into pieces.

While everyone else was busy with their own affairs,

I was busy destroying my self, trying to find Me.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai 3, page 326.

A Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (tentative pub. date 12/1/21), Vol. 2 of 4, Rubai 691.

Because of My Longing (6/27/2021)

Because of My Longing (6/27/2021)

Once this Love arrived, all other loves disappeared.

Because of my longing for You,

I was burned and turned into ashes.

My ashes scattered and disappeared.

Then, they came back, forming thousands of shapes again.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai 3, page 220.

A Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translation, Volume 1 (pub. Nov. 2021), Rubai 430.

I was Amazed (6/13/2021)

I was Amazed (6/13/2021)

When I was drinking wine in Your tavern one day,

I ripped off this cloak of mine, this cloak made of clay.

In Your now-ruined tavern,

I saw the harmony in its workings

and in the workings of the universe.

There was such balance of creation and destruction.

I was amazed.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai 2, page 326.

A Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (November 2021), Rubai 692 (Volume 2)

From Existence to Nothingness (5/30/2021)

From Existence to Nothingness (5/30/2021)

I have twisted and wriggled like a snake

because of someone’s charms.

I have been curled up like the hair of the Beloved.

By God, I don’t know what kind of twist that is.

All I know is that suffering annihilates me,

carrying me from existence to Nothingness.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai #2, page 318.

A Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translation (pub. 11/2021), Rubai 673, vol. 2.

I Am Your Remedy (5/2/2021)

I Am Your Remedy (5/2/2021)

Endure your pain quietly. I am your remedy.

Don’t look at anyone except Me,

because I am your true friend.

Even if I kill you, don’t say, “I have been killed.”

Instead, be grateful,

because I am the compensation for your life.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai #3, page 307

A Rubaiyat of Rumi/The Ergin Translation (Nov. 2021), Rubai 654