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  1. trin

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    A Sufi forum deserves a thread in honour of Sufi poetry...
    If you have any favourites, please feel free to share them here.
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  2. trin

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    RE: Inspiring Sufi Poetry

    Everything you do is sacred

    Now is the time to know
    That all that you do is sacred.

    Now, why not consider
    A lasting truce with yourself and God.

    Now is the time to understand
    That all your ideas- of right and wrong
    Were just a child's training wheels
    To be laid aside
    When you finally live
    With veracity
    And love.

    Hafiz is a divine envoy
    Whom the Beloved
    Has written a holy message upon.

    My dear, please tell me,
    Why do you still
    Throw sticks at your heart
    And God?

    What is it in that sweet voice inside
    That incites you to fear?

    Now is the time for the world to know
    That every thought and action is sacred.

    This is the time
    For you to compute the impossibility
    That there is anything
    But Grace.

    Now is the season to know
    That everything you do
    Is sacred.

    ("The Gift" - versions of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky)
     
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    RE: Inspiring Sufi Poetry

    Both light and shadow
    are the dance of Love.

    Love has no cause;
    it is the astrolabe of God’s secrets.

    Lover and Loving are inseparable
    and timeless.


    Although I may try to describe Love
    when I experience it I am speechless.

    Although I may try to write about Love
    I am rendered helpless;
    my pen breaks and the paper slips away
    at the ineffable place
    where Lover, Loving and Loved are one.


    Every moment is made glorious
    by the light of Love


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    RE: Inspiring Sufi Poetry

    Lover whispers to my ear,
    " Better to be a prey than a hunter.
    Make yourself my fool,
    Stop trying to become the Sun,and become a speck!
    Dwell at my door and become homeless.
    Don't pretend to be a candle, be a moth.
    So you may taste the savor of life,
    And know the power hidden in serving.

    Mathnawi


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  5. trin

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    RE: Inspiring Sufi Poetry

    Let go of your worries
    and be completely clear-hearted,
    like the face of a mirror
    that contains no images.

    If you want a clear mirror,
    behold yourself
    and see the shameless truth,
    which the mirror reflects.

    If metal can be polished
    to a mirror-like finish,
    what polishing might the mirror
    of the heart require?

    Between the mirror and the heart
    is this single difference:
    the heart conceals secrets,
    while the mirror does not.

    RUMI
     
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    I have learned so much from God
    That I can no longer call myself a Christian, a Hindu, a
    Muslim, a Buddhist, a Jew.
    The Truth has shared so much of Itself with me
    That I can no longer call myself a man, a woman, an angel, or
    even a pure soul. Love has ... freed me
    Of every concept and image my mind has ever known.

    14th-century Persian Sufi poet Hafiz
    (Translation by Shahriar Shahriari)
     
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    I am looking at you,
    You at him... ...
    ~ Kabir asks, how to solve this puzzle ~
    ...You, ...he ...and I?

     
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    To live for sons and wealth...
    ...For belongings and health,

    ~ O Kabir, is to be like the bird,
    Which during one night’s stay...
    ...Starts loving the tree.

     
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    The story of Love cannot be expressed,
    No words for it can be said…

    ~ Like the dumb eating sweet-meats,
    …Only smiles – for the sweetness he cannot 'tell'
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    [align=center][/align][align=center][/align][align=center]Gossamer veiled between the notes
    Dragonfly winged between the brush strokes
    My beloved's arms encompass and comfort me
    From enrapture to despair…

    Ahhh…Listen carefully O' brother...
    To the melody within the melody
    Hold still... betwixt one heartbeat and the next,
    Tis the beloved that speaks …so soft

    And when once again I glimpse 'the Love'
    Fleeting fromthis vision and the next, …I catch my breath
    Oh beloved, I savour & swoon to the taste
    Of that which is the breath within the breath…

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    [align=center]Pain is a treasure

    Pain is a treasure, for it contains mercies;
    The kernel is soft when the rind is scraped off.
    O brother, the place of darkness and cold
    Is the fountain of life and the cup of ecstasy.
    So also is endurance of pain and sickness and disease.
    For from abasement proceeds exaltation.
    The spring seasons are hidden in the autumns,
    And the autumns are charged with springs.

    Rumi (trans F Hadland Davis)

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  12. trin

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    RE: Inspiring Sufi Poetry

    This being human is a guest-house.
    Every morning a new arrival.
    A joy, a depression, a meanness,

    some momentary awareness comes
    as an unexpected visitor.

    Welcome and entertain them all!
    Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,

    Who violently sweep your house
    empty of its furniture.
    still, treat each guest honorably.

    He may be clearing you
    out for some new delight.

    The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
    meet them at the door laughing,
    and invite them in.

    Be grateful for whoever comes,
    because each has been sent
    as a guide from beyond.

    Rumi, “The Guest House”
    Translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne
     
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    ABODE OF THE BELOVED

    Oh Companion That Abode Is Unmatched,
    Where My Complete Beloved Is.

    In that Place There Is No Happiness or Unhappiness,
    No Truth or Untruth
    Neither Sin Nor Virtue.
    There Is No Day or Night, No Moon or Sun,
    There Is Radiance Without Light.

    There Is No Knowledge or Meditation
    No Repetition of Mantra or Austerities,
    Neither Speech Coming From Vedas or Books.
    Doing, Not-Doing, Holding, Leaving
    All These Are All Lost Too In This Place.

    No Home, No Homeless, Neither Outside or Inside,
    Micro and Macrocosm Are Non-Existent.
    Five Elemental Constituents and the Trinity Are Both Not There Witnessing Un-struck Shabad Sound is Also Not There.

    No Root or Flower, Neither Branch or Seed,
    Without a Tree Fruits are Adorning,
    Primordial Om Sound, Breath-Synchronized Soham,
    This and That - All Are Absent, The Breath Too Unknown

    Where the Beloved Is There is Utterly Nothing
    Says Kabir I Have Come To Realize.
    Whoever Sees My Indicative Sign
    Will Accomplish the Goal of Liberation.


    Kabir
     
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    Are you looking for me? I am in the next seat.
    My shoulder is against yours.
    you will not find me in the stupas, not in Indian shrine
    rooms, nor in synagogues, nor in cathedrals:
    not in masses, nor kirtans, not in legs winding
    around your own neck, nor ineating nothing but
    vegetables.
    When you really look for me, you will see me
    instantly --
    you will find me in the tiniest house of time.
    Kabir says: Student, tell me, what is God?
    He is the breath inside the breath.


    Kabir
     
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    Thanks Trin, one of my favorites by Kabir, wonderful piece but also proving that he wasnot a Muslim, but both embraced many systems and rejected many dogmas.
     
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    [align=center][/align][align=center][/align][align=center]Oblivious in my wilderness-wandering
    I happened upon your orchard
    Like a thief I stole a fruit to my breast
    For my senses did reel upon the nectar

    While I gorged I espied your courtyard
    Yet your enclosure bore no locks, no gate…
    Entranced, I slept the sleep of angels and gins
    But awoke once more to my wilderness

    Bhagwan, no longer do I exist ignorant of my drifting
    The wastelands now seem cruel and harsh to me
    Dust clings still to the remains of your sweet ambrosia
    To forever remind me of the fruit I did taste

    Oh beloved,
    I yearn again to fall at your open courtyard…
    light again your lamp this night

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    Between the poles of the conscious and the unconscious,
    There has the mind made a swing:
    Thereon hang all beings and all worlds,
    and that swing never ceases its sway.

    Millions of beings are there:
    the sun and the moon in their courses are there:
    Millions of ages pass, and the swing goes on.


    All swing!
    The sky and the earth and the air and the water;
    and the Lord Himself taking form:
    And the sight of this has made Kabir a servant.
     
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    [align=center]The Gift.
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    [align=center]The Sun
    won a beauty contest and became a jewel
    set upon Gods right hand.

    The Earth agreed to be a toe ring on
    the beloved's foot
    and hes never regretted it's descision.

    The mountain got tired of
    sitting amongst a sleeping audience

    And are now streaching thier arms
    towards the roof.

    The clouds gave my soul an idea
    so I pawned my gills.

    And rose like a winged diamond.

    Ever trying to be near
    more love, more love
    like you.

    The mountain got tired of sitting
    among a snoring crowd inside of me
    and rose like a rip sun
    into my eyes

    My soul gave my heart a brilliant idea
    so Hafiz is rising like a
    winged diamond

    Hafiz.

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    Thank-you all for sharing such inspiration :)
     
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    The Great Secret

    God was full of Wine last night,
    So full of wine

    That He let a great secret slip.
    He said:

    There is no man on earth
    Who needs a pardon from Me -

    For there is really no such thing,
    No such thing
    As Sin!

    That Beloved has gone completely Wild-He has poured Himself into me!

    I am Blissful and Drunk and Overflowing.

    Dear world,
    Draw life from my Sweet Body,

    Dear wayfaring souls,
    Come drink your fill of liquid rubies,
    For God has made my heart
    An Eternal Fountain!


    Hafiz (tranlated by Daniel Ladinsky) ​
     

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