Monday, December 28, 2020

"The lovers’ teacher is the Loved One’s beauty, His face their lesson and their only book."

"In this station, both instruction and apprenticeship are assuredly of no avail: 

   The lovers’ teacher is the Loved One’s beauty, 

   His face their lesson and their only book. 

   Learning of wonderment, of longing love their duty; 

   Not on learned chapters and dull themes they look. 

   The chains that bind them are His musky hair; 

   The Cyclic Scheme, to them, is but to Him a stair.119

Here followeth a supplication to God—blessed and glorified be He: 

   O Lord, O Thou Whose grace fulfilleth every need!

   To mention aught before Thee would be sin indeed.

   Allow this mote of knowledge hidden in my soul

   To free itself of lowly clay and reach its goal.

   And grant this drop of wisdom that

   Thou gavest me To be at last united with Thy mighty sea.120

Thus do I say: There is no power nor strength except in God, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting."


(The Call of the Divine Beloved)

119 Rúmí. A reference to the Cyclic Theory of Avicenna (Abu-‘Alí Síná [980–1037]).
120 Rúmí

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