Awakening the Soul

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

Valley of Pain

Awoke in the valley of pain;
Dark, alone, all vulnerable to the vultures;
They stare at every movement; note every sound;
Eager for the perfect moment.
Their pedestal raised high above the ground;
The viciousness is soaring; the eyes widening ...
The chanting startling….
The plunging deep…
The piercing sharp…
Deep into the depths of the mysterious heart…
What wonders lie there, what compassions?
What pains and sorrows,
What broken alleyways,
And mended punctures,
All within a chamber of secrets;
Torn apart in the valley of pain.
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بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

O, happy the soul that saw its own faults,
and if anyone mentioned a fault,
wished eagerly to take responsibility,
for half of each personhas always belonged to the realm of fault,
but the other half belongsto the Realm of the Unseen.

Mathnawi II: 3034-3035
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight" Threshold Books, 1994

Monday, March 07, 2005

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

Keep Searching

Even though you're not equipped,keep searching:
equipment isn't necessary on the way to the Lord.
Whoever you see engaged in search,
become her friend and cast your head in front of her,
for choosing to be a neighbor of seekers,
you become one yourself;
protected by conquerors,you will yourself learn to conquer.
If an ant seeks the rank of Solomon,
don't smile contemptuously upon its quest.
Everything you possess of skill, and wealth and handicraft,
wasn't it first merely a thought and a quest?

Mathnawi III: 1445-1449Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance

Saturday, March 05, 2005

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

Every fine line, wrinkle, white hair is a testament to our struggle against this oppression that we are in;
Each will testify this oppression to Our Lord on the day where no soul shall have authority over another.
It will be then, that the oppressors will understand and take heed of the cries we exploited so long ago;
But for them it is too late; and we the oppressed shall be liberated.
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Friday, March 04, 2005

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

Free Risng Angels

Happy are those who live there lives not influenced by the fallible slaves of this world;
Happy are those who understand the joy of giving without expecting anything in return;
Happy are those who do good in an unconscious way; there reward the content of others;
Happy are those who have experienced the wonders of this world, appreciate nature as it is and not wanting to destroy it;
Happy are those who know how to live and be free; liberated from the fetters of oppression;
They are free rising angels.
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