Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dawn of Resurrection



Whoever has drunk a draught
from the cup of the Friend,
Shall not become sober again
until the dawn of resurrection.

—Hafez

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Ocean Freedom

Ocean Freedom

What about the Divine Ocean’s great generosity?
Who could ever refuse the joy we feel to anyone?
Fish do not hold this sacred liquid in a cup,
they swim the vast fluidity in perfect freedom.
For we’ve come into the presence of the One
who was never apart from us.

—from Rumi

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Queen of Light


Be watchful:
the grace of God appears suddenly.
It comes without warning
to an open heart,
sweeping out the stable of our experience
so that the Spirit -—
the Queen of Light --
may gladly enter.

--Rumi

Friday, January 20, 2012

Pain's song


That which sings pain’s song to you is an infinite love.
The messenger skilled in the language of the unseen world
is this same, vast, unending love.
It is compassion itself that speaks to you,
calling to you now beyond the limits of this created realm.
And it is love alone which frees you
from your tiny self in this world
and allows you to fly
free into its own great fullness.

— Khaqani Shirvani

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Your heart is a vast ocean


Your heart is the mirror
of the essence most high.
Of the great royal treasury,
your heart is the prize.
Your heart is a vast ocean
—- but only holds a single pearl.
If you want such a treasure,
it is your heart you must find.

— Shah Ni’matallah Wali

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Let these be the wings


Meditate now on steadfastness and clarity.
Let these be the wings that lift you
as you soar through the celestial spheres.

— from Rumi

Friday, December 30, 2011

Atom Glow


O traveler, traveler along the way,
there is not a single soul
who lacks a pathway to God.
There is not a stone or a flower -—
not a single piece of straw
lacking the divine essence.
In every particle of the world
the sun of love
causes the heart of each atom to shine.

—- Muhammad Shirin Maghribi