Friday, August 16, 2013

Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi - Life’s Unanswered Questions

Every single day I ponder over these questions
and night after night I ask myself:
Why am I so ignorant of what’s really going on inside my heart?
What am I doing here?
Where have I come from?
What’s my reason for being here?
Where do I go from here?
Everything seems so strange around me these days
and I keep asking myself:
Why God had to create me in the first place?
For what purpose?
Why did He bring me here into this world?
Why doesn’t He let me get settled down somewhere in here?
I know for sure that my soul will ultimately ascend to His upper Heavens,
But I’d rather just let go of everything right now
and fly up high into the Sky.
I’m a bird from the Garden of Paradise, I’m not from this dusty Earth.
My body’s trapped in this worldly cage for just two or three days.
The happiest day of my life is the day that I finally fly away towards my Friend (God),
Flapping my wings faster than ever to quickly reach my Friend’s Upper Realms.
Who is hiding inside my ears listening to my own tunes?
Who is hiding inside my mouth putting words into it?
Who is hiding inside my eyes looking out into the unknown?
What kind of soul is this totally naked soul of mine?
Don’t tell me God is also the shirt to my naked soul.
I will not remain idle or take a break even for an instant,
until through my constant striving and searching
You finally show me my path and my destination.
Give me a taste of your wine of reunion
so I can smash the gates of this worldly prison
with my loud cries of God-intoxication.
I didn’t make it here all by myself so I cannot leave on my own,
You’ve dragged me all the way out here,
so you need to take me back to where I come from.
Don’t think that I always express myself through poetry,
When I’m wide awake and not intoxicated,
I don’t think about poetry even for an instant.
If you would turn around and show your face to me again,
I swear to God that I’d shatter my already dead and decomposed body
into a thousand pieces for you.

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