Wednesday, January 28, 2009

[Sunlight] Traveling alone, traveling together -- Ghazal 1671



Whether we speak of joy or heartache, let us sit
As a congregation and speak together.
Should our companion travel far, we will do the
Same; should he move less, so will we.
Let us and our companions have the same heart
And breath and attack Rustic's battle lines like fire!
Though we be men, travelling alone we will
achieve only lamentation and mourning, like women.
If we go on the hajj without companions, we
will surely not reach the Kaaba.
We are the strings on a harp -- as parts of it, let
us sing high and low!
We were all in Adam's congregation, let us
return together to Adam!
Our point is hidden -- Adam is but an expedient:
Let us pitch our tents on the shore of the Greatest Ocean!
When the Solomon of Subsistence comes to His
Throne, we will kiss His signet ring a hundred thousand

-- Ghazal 1671
Translation by Professor William Chittick
"The Sufi Path of Love"
SUNY Press, 1983




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