Oh how nameless, how free I am!
When will I see myself as I really am?
Tell me your secrets here and now, you said.
In this realm, I said, where is the here and now?
How can my soul be still
when I am whirling in stillness?
My sea drowned in itself.
What a wondrous, shoreless sea I am!
Not in this world, not in the next I am.
Where I am, both worlds disappear.
Naught, I am free of profit and loss.
How singular, I neither gain nor lose.
I said: My Soul, you’re the light of my eyes.
Where I am, he said, no need for eyes.
That’s what you are, I said. Stop it!
he said. No words can capture me.
I said: Since you are more than tongue can tell,
behold how eloquent I am without a tongue.
Like the moon, without legs, I race through nothingness.
See how fast I can run without legs!
A voice called: Why so fast?
Look into the hidden, find my true face.
The moment I saw Beloved (Shams of Tabriz)
I became a treasure, a gem, the rare pearl of the sea.