Monday, March 12, 2012

[Sunlight] Die Before You Die



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"
HarperSanFrancisco, 1995




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