Thursday, August 7, 2014

Attar - Market place for Love

The whole world is a marketplace for Love,
For naught that is, from Love remains remote.

The Eternal Wisdom made all things in Love. 
On Love they all depend, to Love all turn. 
The earth, the heavens, the sun, the moon, the stars
The center of their orbit find in Love.
By Love are all bewildered, stupefied,
Intoxicated by the Wine of Love.
From each, Love demands a mystic silence.
What do all seek so earnestly? "Tis Love.
Love is the subject of their inmost thoughts,
In Love no longer "Thou" and "I" exist,
For self has passed away in the Beloved.
Now will I draw aside the veil from Love,
And in the temple of mine inmost soul
Behold the Friend, Incomparable Love.
He who would know the secret of both worlds
Will find that the secret of them both is Love.

Farid ud Din Attar, Essential Sufism, by Fadiman and Frager

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'

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

© MysticSaint, Singapore - Darvish, worn-out rosary & fragrance of God

With ceaseless remembrance
the rosary of the Darvish have worn out.

Fearing the only rosary
may tear with frequent turns,
the Darvish decides to repeat
with longer sacred formula.

with each turn of the rosary beads
the Darvish starts to recite:
the Secret Most Holy Name of God.

And lo!
The Darvish vanishes,
leaving behind the worn rosary,
that gives out the sweetest of sweet fragrance
of the Unknown: the fragrance of God.