Enough! (6/12/2022)

Enough! (6/12/2022)

Man makes plans and takes appropriate measures,

but he doesn’t know his fate.

Once God enters the scene,

all his plans and measures disappear.

 

Man thinks, but his sight is limited.

He uses all his cunning, but he is far from being Godly.

 

If he is successful when he takes two steps, he takes two more.

He has no idea in what direction God will pull him next.

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Don’t be ostentatious.

Yearn for the kingdom of Love.

Love is the One to save you from the angel of death.

 

Be silent. Choose a place. Settle down.

Wherever you choose, that King will set you up there.

 

You can be sure that all the people you see

are in the prison of death.

A prisoner cannot get you out of jail.

 

Enough!

How long are you going to flirt with the blind?

How long are you going to yell at the deaf?

Divan-i Kebir, Volume 20, Ghazal 25, verses 267-273, pages 51-52.

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.

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.

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.

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.

That Brings Results (4/25/2021)

As Long As… (4/25/2021)

The parrot came to the tree to share sugar’s prayer.

The rose asked the nightingale to read poetry.

 

Receiving a revelation, the tall green cypress said,

“As long as your soul stays in your body,

put a belt on your waist. Serve day and night.

That brings results. Continue reading “That Brings Results (4/25/2021)”

Hold Fast (6/7/2020)

Hold Fast (6/7/2020)

Without the pure water from the sea of Love,

our pearl would turn into stone.

If there were no world to be found inside of our soul,

our soul and that world would shrink and confine us.

Pain from the Beloved polishes your heart and soul.

Hold fast to it and it will clean away all of your dirt and rust.

Rubailer (2016), Rubai #1, paghe 176.

Lovers of Love (2/16/2020)

Lovers of Love (2/16/2020)

We are the lovers of Love. Love is our salvation.

The soul resembles Hizir.* Love resembles the Water of Life.

Alas to the one who is not decorated by the Sultan of Love.

How could an animal know the soul’s sugar?

*Hizir  A legendary Godsend who attained immortality by drinking from the Water of Life and who comes to aid in a critical moment (also known as Khidr).

Rubailer (2016), Rubai, Rubai #2, page 134.