Wednesday, August 04, 2010

[Sunlight] "Love has made me Solomon"



Though the eye of intellect and competence see
me as mad, I have many arts in the circle of lovers.
Love has made me Solomon and my tongue
Asaf* -- how should I be tied to all these remedies and
Like Abraham, I never turn away from the
Kaaba -- I reside in the Kaaba, I am its pillar.*
A thousand Rustams* cannot approach me -- why
should I be subject to the effeminate ego?
I take the bloody sword in hand -- I am a martyr
to Love in the midst of my own blood.
In this plain, I am the All-Merciful's nightingale.
Seek not my limits and border -- I have no limits.
Shams-i Tabrizi has nurtured me through love --
I am greater than the Holy Spirit and the Cherubim.

-- Gazal (Ode) 1747
Translation by Professor William Chittick
"The Sufi Path of Love"
SUNY Press, Albany, 1983

*"Asaf" -- King Solomon's vizier, or counselor -- Sunlight Ed.
*"Pillar" -- according to traditon, Abraham built the Kaaba and resided there
for some time. -- Note by Chittick
*"Rustam" -- variously spelled "Rostam" -- legendary warrior king, one of the
subjects of the epic "Book of Kings" ("Shah Nameh") -- Sunlight Ed.




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