Wednesday, 7 September 2011

There's a Rumi

There's a street 
where the Beautiful one 
is known to take a stroll 

When a certain radience is noticed 
through the latticed windows
of that neighborhood,
people whisper,
The Beloved must be near,

Listen: open a window to Beloved
and breathe.
Delight yourself
with what comes through that opening.

The work of love is to create
a window in the heart,

for the breast is illumined
by the beauty of the Beloved.

Gaze incessantly on that Face!
Listen, this is in your power, my friend!

Find a way to submit your innermost secret.
Let no other perception distract you.

You,yourself, possess the elixir,
so rub it into your skin,

and by this alchemy
your inner enemies will become friends.

And as you are made beautiful,
the Beautiful One will become your own,
the intimate of your once lonely spirit.

~ Rumi
Art by Gnana Prakash Neel

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