What are You Looking for? (8/28/2022)

What are you looking for in the village of your illusions?
Why are you washing your eye with the blood of your heart?
All your being, head to toe, is God.
O ignorant one who doesn’t yet know Himself,
what are you looking for besides You?
Rubailer (2016), rubai 1, page 388.
The Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations (apprx.pub.7/2023), rubai 890 (volume 2).

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.

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.

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.

Only a Fool Says… (8/16/2020)

Only a Fool Says… (8/16/2020)

Union with God cannot be achieved

until a person completely annihilates his self.

Such a Union is not the merging of two to make one.

Union is your total annihilation.

Absurdity doesn’t turn falsehood into Truth.

Only a fool says, “Everything is God.”

Rubailer (2016), Rubai #2, page 179

Only a Fool Says… (6/21/2020)

Only a Fool Says… (6/21/2020)

Union with God cannot be achieved

until a person has completely annihilated his self.

Such a Union is not the merging of two to make one.

Union requires your total annihilation.

Absurdity does not turn falsehood into Truth.

Only a fool says, “Everything is God.”

Rubailer (2016, Rubai #2, page 179)

Being in God’s Vicinity (5/24/2020)


Being in God’s Vicinity (5/24/2020)

This solitude is better than the company of thousands.

This freedom is sweeter than owning the whole world.

Being in God’s vicinity for even a short time

is worth more than the soul, more than the universe,

more than all of this, more than all of that.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai #4, page 167.