Monday, August 15, 2011

[Sunlight] Hunger is the sultan of remedies



Indeed hunger is the sultan of remedies.
Place hunger in the soul--
Regard it not with such contempt!
Hunger makes all unpleasant things pleasant--
But without it, all pleasant things are rejected.

A man was eating bread made from bran.
Someone asked him, "How is it you have an appetite for this?"
He replied, "When hunger has been doubled through patience,
Barley bread becomes halva in my eyes." . . .

God has given hunger to His elect so that
They may become mighty lions.

-- Mathnavi V: 2832-35, 38
Translation by William C. Chittick
"The Sufi Path of Love"
SUNY Press, Albany, 1983




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