Sunday, June 12, 2016

Rumi - What is Soul?

What is the soul?  Consciousness. 
The more awareness, the deeper the soul,
and when such essence overflows,
you feel a sacredness around. 

It's so simple to tell one who puts on a robe
and pretends to be a dervish from the real thing. 
We know the taste of pure water. 
Words can sound like a poem
but not have any juice, no flavor to relish. 

How long do you look at pictures on a bathhouse wall? 
Soul is what draws you away from those pictures
to talk with the old woman who sits outside
by the door in the sun. 
She's half blind, but she has what soul
loves to flow into. 
She's kind, she weeps.

She makes quick personal decision, and laughs so easily.

(version by Coleman Barks from The Soul of Rumi)


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