Thursday, August 08, 2013

[Sunlight] "Love is all bewilderment" -- Ghazal 1331



In God's eyes, whoever has no tint of Love is
naught but wood and stone.
Love wrings water from rocks, Love cleans
rust from mirrors.
Unbelief has come in war, faith in peace - Love
strikes a fire to both peace and war.
In the ocean of the heart Love opens its mouth
and like a whale swallows down the two worlds.
Love is a lion, without deception and trickery,
not a fox one moment and a leopard the next.
When Love provides replenishment upon
replenishment, the spirit gains deliverance from this dark and
narrow body.
From the beginning Love is all bewilderment - it
stuns the intellect and dazzles the spirit.
Oh east wind, my heart is in Tabriz - take my
salaams there without delay!

-- Ghazal (Ode) 1331
Translation by William C. Chittick
"The Sufi Path of Love"
SUNY Press Albany, 1984




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