Category Archives: quatrain (rubai)

Your Being is the Curtain (3/25/18)

Your Being is the Curtain (3/25/18)

If you become prey to God, you will be freed from sorrows.

If you run after your desires, you will stay a slave to your self.

You should know this very well: Your being is the curtain that conceals God from you.

Don’t stay with your self. If you do, you will be hurt time after time.

Rubailer, Page 454, Rubai #4

It Should Be Lit (3/11/18)

It Should Be Lit (3/11/18)

Man’s heart is like a candle: It should be lit and shine.

There is a void in man’s soul because of his being separated from the Beloved. That void needs to be repaired.

Know, O ignorant one who understands none of what makes or breaks a heart, who neither smiles nor cries,

Love isn’t knowledge to be learned, but something to be encountered,

                                                 Rubailer, Page 449, Rubai #2

 

Don’t Worry (1/28/18)

Don’t Worry (1/28/18)

Once you become the friend of one whose heart is in God,

don’t pay attention to other people and their customs.

Your soul will fall in Love’s fire like your fate.

Don’t worry. Don’t run away.

Know this well:  From now on, you won’t fit in anywhere.

                                                  Rubailer, Page 424, Rubai #2

The Sign and Evidence (7/30/17)

The Sign and Evidence (7/30/17)

You are the light of my heart, the peace and comfort of my soul.

You create troubles and, at the same time, You are the trouble.

They ask me, “Where are the signs, the evidence of the Beloved?”

But, the lack of signs and evidence is the sign and evidence of the Beloved.

Rubailer, Page 358, Rubai #1

So Think About… (7/2/17)

Just Think About… (7/2/17)

I have so much excitement in my heart

that it is intolerable even for the sky.

Majnun and Layla* can’t see my exuberance even in their dreams.

All this exaltation is only a small portion of the Beloved’s,

so think about how it is in that heart of His.

*Majnun & Layla  Characters in a famous Arabic love story.

Rubailer, Page 349, Rubai #2

 

A Colorful Show (6/4/17)

A Colorful Show (6/4/17)

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

It is getting late, O soul. Don’t hesitate.

This world is nothing but a colorful show, O soul,

with a cat-and-mouse fight on every corner.

Give it up, O soul. Give it up.

                                                     Rubailer, Page 342, Rubai #4