Thursday, 8 December 2011

Become nothing but Rumi

Is there no one 
with a pure worthy vision
with which to gaze upward ?

If there no one 
purified of his water and clay
so that he may gaze upon the Ocean ?

So that he may place his foot upon Mount Qaf
and look upon the wing of the Phoenix ?

So that the Sun may make his vision drunk and
headless and footless ?

Is there no one 
who receives replenishment
from Love's light so that 
his vision may fall totally Yonder?

Water becomes purified with water -- the man
who can see gains vision from Vision.

Become nothing but vision, for in Beloved's Court,
nothing finds access but vision !

~ Rumi 
Ghazal (Ode) 1169
Translation by William C. Chittick
"The Sufi Path of Love"
SUNY Press, Albany, 1983

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