Thursday, August 7, 2014

Shabistari - 'One Light'

'One Light'

What are "I" and "You"?
Just lattices
In the niches of a lamp
Through which the One Light radiates.

"I" and "You" are the veil
Between heaven and earth;
Lift this veil and you will see
How all sects and religions are one.

Lift this veil and you will ask---
When "I" and "You" do not exist
What is mosque?
What is synagogue?
What is fire temple?

      Mahmud Shabistari, translation 
by Andrew Harvey and Eryk Hanut - 
'Perfume of the Desert'

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