Sunday, June 26, 2016

Rumi - Awake and aware


When the rose is gone and the garden faded
you will no longer hear the nightingale's song.


The Beloved is all; the lover just a veil.
The Beloved is living; the lover a dead thing.


If love withholds its strengthening care,
the lover is left like a bird without care,
the lover is left like a bird without wings.


How will I be awake and aware
if the light of the Beloved is absent?


Love wills that this word be brought forth.
 

Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi, The Masnawi I, 23-31 



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