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

Monday, December 26, 2011


Every midwife knows
that not until a mother’s womb
softens in the pain of labor
will a way unfold and the infant
find that opening through which it can be born.
O my friend, there is treasure in your heart,
and it is heavy with child.
All the awakened ones, like trusted midwives
are saying to you, “Welcome this pain.
Let it open the dark passageway of grace."

-- from Rumi

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Hopeless Desire

I had such a hopelessly desperate desire for You
till I saw how your light
had always yearned for me.
I pushed and I pulled till I saw that it was You
who had already drawn me to every good
that I have ever known.

—arranged from Rumi

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Living signs

Your names reflect your boundless essence.
This world displays your living signs.
The stars trace out
the beauties of your perfection.
If you are not enraptured by these wonders
then the eye of wisdom is truly blind.

Maftun Hamadani

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Fire of Love

That fire, that light whose name is love
burns away both belief and unbelief.
Religious belief is one thing —
but the way of love
is something entirely different.
Love’s Prophet, Love’s messenger, Love’s angel
is beyond creeds, beyond petty distinctions
and leads us out beyond ourselves
into the fields of infinite compassion.

— Abu Sa’id abi-l Khayr

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Morning of Friendship

When the morning of friendship with God
begins to dawn,
the soul grows distant from
the landscapes of this world,
and you reach a place inside yourself where
without any hindrance from your external eyes
you can catch a glimpse
of the face of the Friend.
And you ask: “With your overwhelming beauty,
what are you?
And who are you like, O God?”
And God replies:
I am love, I am lover,
I am (the) Beloved One.
And I am the beauty reflected
in the mirror of creation around you.
And I am the deep longing
of your eyes to see it.
For you see, the imprint of the divine beauty
already exists inside of you.
The Mirror of the divine face
is already reflecting out through you.
In truth, there is not a thing in this world
separate from you.
Whatever you are seeking is already waiting there
inside of you.
For in the end, we are all images
you stitch with gold thread
into a tapestry you are weaving.
Even the least figure in that tapestry
is a playful addition.
Nothing you ever work on is ever dull.
Each of us is a manifestation
of your divine beauty.

—Sayfal-Din Bakharzi, , Baba Afdal Kashani, Abu Sa’id Abil Khayr

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Love's Currency

Reason said,
“We live in a world of only six directions,
and that’s it!”
But Love replied, “There is a field
beyond all of that,
and I have traveled its path many times.”
Reason saw a marketplace in this world
and immediately set up shop,
But love trades in another kind of currency altogether—
a consciousness that flows
through the arteries of the universe.

 -- Rumi