Love's sun is the face of the Friend. This other sunlight
covers that. The day
and the daily bread that come are not to be worshiped for
themselves. Praise the great
heart within those, and the loving ache in yourself that's part
of that. Be one of God's fish
who receives what it needs directly from the ocean it swims –
food, shelter, sleep, medicine.
A lover is like a baby at its mother's breast, knowing
nothing of the visible or
invisible worlds. Everything is milk, though it could not
define that. It can't talk!
This is the riddle that drives the mind crazy; that the opener
and what is opened are the same!
It's the ocean inside the fish that bears it along, not the
river water. The time river
spreads and disappears in to the ocean with the fish. Seeds
break open and dissolve in
ground. Only then do new fig trees come into being. So you
must die before you die.
-- Mathnawi VI: 4044-53
Version by Coleman Barks
"The Essential Rumi"
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