Tuesday, February 3

For Ages

For ages you have come and gone
courting this delusion.
For ages you have run from the pain
and forfeited the ecstacy.
So come, return to the root of the root
of your your own soul.

Although you appear in earthly form
Your essence is pure Conciousness.
You are the fearless guardian
of Divine Light.
So come, return to the root of the root
of you own soul.

When you lose all sense of self
the bonds of a thousand chains will vanish.
Lose yourself completely,
Return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

You descended from Adam, by the Word of God,
but you turned your sight
to the empty show of this world.
Alas, how can you be satisfied with so little?
So come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

Why are you so enchanted by this world
when a mine of gold lies within you?
Open you eyes and come -
Return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

You were born from the rays of God's Majesty
when the stars were in their perfect place.
How long will you suffer from the blows
of a nonexistent hand?
So come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

Your are a ruby encased in granite.
How long will you deceive Us with this outer show?
O friend, We can see the truth in your eyes!
So come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

After one moment with that glorious Friend
you became loving, radiant, and ecstatic.
Your eyes were sweet and full of fire.
Come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

Shams-e Tabriz, the King of the Tavern,
has handed you an eternal cup,
And God in all His glory is pouring the wine.
So come! Drink!
Return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

- Rumi

2 comments:

Irving said...

Wonderful, one of my favorite Rumi poems :)

Ya Haqq!

Anonymous said...

In truth there is only the one. You and those around you are just an illusion. There is only the one gazing upon itself. Life and death are equally meaningless. Consider a wave in the ocean. It is born, moves about, and at some point "dies", not to be seen again. The wave, however, is just an illusion. There is only the ocean, always there, never born and never dying. Similarly, the universe is like a living fabric. You and I are just momentary folds in the fabric, coming and going as the fabric shifts. The living, conscious fabric has always been there and will always be there. Hence "we are all cut from the same cloth." One need only "wake up" and realize there is only the one, and that is us and all that surrounds us.