|When you do things from your soul,|
you feel a river moving in you, a joy.
When actions come from another section,
the feeling disappears.
Don't let others lead you.
They may be blind,
or worse, vultures.
Reach for the rope of Love.
And what is that?
Putting aside self-will.
Because of willfulness people sit in jail.
From willfulness, the trapped birds' wings are tied.
From willfulness, the fish sizzles in the skillet.
The anger of police is willfulness. You've seen
a magistrate inflict visible punishment.
Now see the invisible.
If you could leave selfishness, you would see
how your soul has been tortured.
We are born and live inside black water in a well.
How could we know what an open field of sunlight is?
Don't insist on going
where you think you want to go.
Ask the way to the Spring.
Your living pieces will
form a harmony.
There is a moving palace that floats through the air,
with balconies and clear water running in every part of it,
infinity everywhere, yet contained under a single tent.
Mathnawi, VI, 3487-3510
Version by Coleman Barks
"We Are Three,"
Art by Marcia Baldwin