Monday, 11 June 2012

For Beloved's Rumi

Wherever the Eternal Command 
takes its course, 

Living and dying 
are one to Beloved's willing lovers. 

He lives for Beloved's sake,
not for riches;

He dies for Beloved's sake,
not from fear and pain.

His faith exists
for the sake of doing Beloved's will,

Not for the sake of Paradise
and its trees and streams.

His abandonment of infidelity
is also for Beloved's sake,
and not out of fear of the Fire.

~ Rumi
Mathnawi III:1909-1912
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996

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