Thursday, December 08, 2011

[Sunlight] Become nothing but vision -- Ghazal 1169



Is there no one with a pure worthy vision
with which to gaze upward?
If there no one purified of his water and clay
so that he may gaze upon the Ocean?
So that he may place his foot upon Mount Qaf
and look upon the wing of the Phoenix?
So that the Sun may make his vision drunk and
headless and footless?
Is there no one who receives replenishment
from Love's light so that his vision may fall totally Yonder?
Water becomes purified with water -- the man
who can see gains vision from Vision.
Become nothing but vision, for in God's Court,
nothing finds access but vision!

-- Ghazal (Ode) 1169
Translation by William C. Chittick
"The Sufi Path of Love"
SUNY Press, Albany, 1983




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