Wednesday, March 16, 2011

[Sunlight] Look at me! -- Ghazal 3072



Look at me! If you gaze at anyone else, for certain you are
unaware of love for God!
Behold the face that has received its radiance from God!
Perhaps all at once you may win good fortune from it.
Since intellect is your father and the body your mother,
behold the beauty of your father's face! Show that you are his
Know that from head to foot the shaykh is nothing but God's
Attributes, even if you see him in human form.
In your eyes he is like foam, but he describes himself as
the Ocean; in the eyes of men he is standing still, but every
instant he is traveling.
You still find it difficult to grasp the shaykh's state, even
though he displays a thousand of God's greatest signs - how
dull you are!
A spiritual Form, purified of the elements, reached the
heart's Mary from God's Court -
A passing messenger impregnated the heart with a breath
concealing the spirit's mystery.
Oh heart made pregnant by that King! When you put down
your burden, be sure to gaze upon it!
When Shams-i Tabrizi gives form to that burden, you
will become like the heart - and like the heart, you will fly
to the Unseen!

-- Ghazal 3072
Translation by William C. Chittick
"The Sufi Path of Love"
SUNY Press, Albany, 1983




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