A Sign of Ungratefulness (11/28/2021)

Not Even a Small Part of This Comes from the Sky (11/21/2021)

Not Even a Small Part of This Comes from the Sky (11/21/2021)

Is there a lip from which the smell of soul isn’t coming right now?

Is there a particle of the heart in which a trace of Him doesn’t reside?

 

If there are no provisions coming from that famous table,

why is every particle chewing cud like a camel? Continue reading “Not Even a Small Part of This Comes from the Sky (11/21/2021)”

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.

See My Generosity? (8/15/2021)

See My Generosity? (8/15/2021)

Why are you sorry if you lose your profit, your capital?

Here I am. See My generosity?

Don’t fall into despair.

 

If the world disappears

and the sea becomes a drop of dew, who cares?

If it passes out and drops to the ground,

that doesn’t mean it has left My hand.

 

The world is a fish. Absence is an ocean.

There are so many fights in the heart of the fish.

But, I fish without a line.

Even if a fish disappears, I will still catch it.

Divan-i Kebir, Volume 15, Ghazal 98, verses 1116-1118, page 221.

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.

Because You Were Cooked (7/18/2021)

O Beloved, You flew away from this narrow cage.

You freed Yourself from this dungeon of robbers and pickpockets.

 

You cleaned the dirt and dust from the surface of the mirror.

You saw whatever was in that mirror.

 

You had been hearing, here and there, some news.

You went to that exalted world

and saw that news with Your own eyes.

 

You left earth and water to the Earth and water.

Then, You took the substance of the soul

and pulled it to the sky.

 

You became tired of being around the body.

You preferred to go with the soul.

 

You freed Yourself from the mother womb

which is this world

and ran to the father of intelligence.

 

Drink the wine which sweetens the soul with every breath

in exchange for the suffering we gave You.

 

Since You left, the whole Universe has chosen us.

Now, take anything You choose.

 

You went from this Earth’s saucepan

to the table of the other world,

because You were cooked.

 

The egg became empty, without a bird,

because you got out of this Earth’s egg

and flew away.

 

From now on, You will never fit in this world.

Keep flying through it. You like to fly.

 

Be silent. Go away.

They opened Your lock.

Death matched You for the key.

Divan-i Kebir, Ghazal 230, verses 2350-2361, pages 52-53.

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.

Focus Your Eyes on Absence (7/4/2021)

Focus Your Eyes on Absence (7/4/2021)

You cut me off like an umbilical cord in the name of drunkenness.

Even then, O Cupbearer, why did You leave me?

 

You create such Love with every breath.

O One who makes everything appear,

why are You not apparent? Continue reading “Focus Your Eyes on Absence (7/4/2021)”

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.

Your Only Dress can be the Light of the Heart (5/23/2021)

Your Only Dress Can Be the Light of the Heart (5/23/2021)

You are such a moon that You don’t fit in the sky.

You are such water that You cannot be contained in a river.

 

You are such a pearl that You exceed the oceans.

You are such a mountain that You cannot fit in any valley. Continue reading “Your Only Dress can be the Light of the Heart (5/23/2021)”