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Inspiring Sufi Poetry

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  1. trin

    trin New Member

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    Tigress!

    Wonderful indeed! I shared "Privileged Lovers" in a card to my partner for his birthday last week and was about to post it here too. It stirs so deeply within me! Thank you :)

    Trin
     
  2. oakapple

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    How did you get away?
    You were the pet falcon of an old woman.
    Did you hear the falcon-drum?
    You were a drunken songbird put in with owls.
    Did you smell the odor of a garden?
    You got tired of sour fermenting
    and left the tavern.

    You went like an arrow to the target
    from the bow of time and place.
    The man who stays at the cemetery pointed the way,
    but you didn't go.
    You became light and gave up wanting to be famous.
    You don't worry about what you're going to eat,
    so why buy an engraved belt?

    I've heard of living at the center, but what about
    leaving the center of the center?
    Flying toward thankfulness, you become
    the rare bird with one wing made of fear,
    and one of hope. In autumn,
    a rose crawling along the ground in the cold wind.
    Rain on the roof runs down and out by the spout
    as fast as it can.

    Talking is pain. Lie down and rest,
    now that you've found a friend to be with.

     
  3. Suse

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    Hiya, nice thread :)

    this is one of my fave's...



    Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
    there is a field. I'll meet you there.
    When the soul lies down in that grass,
    the world is too full to talk about.
    Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
    doesn't make any sense.

    Jalaluddin Rumi


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  4. oakapple

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    [FONT=verdana,helvetica,arial]Hafiz[/FONT] [FONT=verdana,helvetica,arial] of Shiraz[/FONT] (1230-91) the greatest lyric poet of Persia, who took the poetic form of the ghazal to unparalleled heights of subtlety and beauty.

    [FONT=verdana,helvetica,arial]I speak frankly and that makes me happy:
    I am the slave of love, I am free of both worlds.

    I am a bird from heaven's garden. How do I describe that separation,
    my fall into this snare of accidents?

    I was an angel and highest paradise was my place.
    Adam brought me to this monastery in the city of ruin.

    The hours' caress, the pool and shade trees of paradise
    were forgotten in the breeze from your alleyway.

    There is nothing on the tablet of my heart but my love's tall alif.
    What can I do? My master taught me no other letter.

    No astrologer knew the constellations of my fate.
    O lord, when I was born of mother earth which stars were rising?

    Ever since I became a slave at the door of love's tavern
    sorrows come to me each moment with congratulations.

    The pupil of my eye drains the blood from my heart.
    I deserve it. Why did I give my heart to the darling of others?

    Wipe the tears from Hafiz's face with soft curls
    or else this endless torrent will uproot me.
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  5. oakapple

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    [FONT=Comic Sans MS, Arial, Helvetica]
    DUST
    Come, let us pass this pathway o'er
    That to the tavern leads;
    There waits the wine, and there the door
    That every traveller needs.

    On that first day, when we did sweat
    To tipple and to kiss,
    It was our oath, that we would fare
    No other way but this.

    Where Jamshid's crown and royal throne
    Go sweeping down the wind,
    'Tis little comfort we should moan:
    In wine is joy to find.

    Because we hope that we may bring
    Her waist to our embrace,
    Lo, in our life-blood issuing
    We linger in this place.

    Preacher, our frenzy is complete:
    Waste not thy sage advice;--
    We stand in the Beloved's street,
    And seek not Paradise.

    Let Sufis wheel in mystic dance
    And shout for ecstasy;
    We, too, have our exuberance,
    We, too, ecstatics be.

    The earth with pearls and rubies gleams
    Where thou hast poured thy wine;
    Less than the dust are we, it seems,
    Beneath thy foot divine.
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    [FONT=Comic Sans MS, Arial, Helvetica]Hafiz, since we may never soar,
    To ramparts of the sky,
    Here at the threshold of this door
    Forever let us lie.
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  6. oakapple

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    this is love

    This is love: to fly to heaven, every moment to rend a hundred veils;
    At first instance, to break away from breath -- first step, to renounce feet;
    To disregard this world, to see only that which you yourself have seen6 to see only that which you yourself have seen" -- Nicholson's version is "(not to see your own eye) whence all objects derive their unreal existence..
    I said, "Heart, congratulations on entering the circle of lovers,
    "On gazing beyond the range of the eye, on running into the alley of the breasts."
    Whence came this breath, O heart? Whence came this throbbing, O heart?
    Bird, speak the tongue of birds: I can heed your cipher!
    The heart said, "I was in the factory whilst the home of water and clay was abaking.
    "I was flying from the workshop whilst the workshop was being created.
    "When I could no more resist, they dragged me; how shall I
    tell the manner of that dragging?"




     
  7. oakapple

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    if you pass your night
    and merge it with dawn
    for the sake of heart
    what do you think will happen

    if the entire world
    is covered with the blossoms
    you have labored to plant
    what do you think will happen

    if the elixir of life
    that has been hidden in the dark
    fills the desert and towns
    what do you think will happen

    if because of
    your generosity and love
    a few humans find their lives
    what do you think will happen

    if you pour an entire jar
    filled with joyous wine
    on the head of those already drunk
    what do you think will happen

    go my friend
    bestow your love
    even on your enemies
    if you touch their hearts
    what do you think will happen
    Translated by Nader Khalili
    Rumi, Fountain of Fire
     
  8. Flit

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    Wonderful!

    Especially this....

    Oakapple, thank you for sharing.
    I haven't read this one before.
     
  9. Holos

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    WOWerful!!
    Thank you~
     
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    What was said to the rose that made it open was said to me here in my chest
    Rumi
     
  11. tigress

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    My head is bursting
    with the joy of the unknown.
    My heart is expanding a thousand fold.
    Every cell,
    taking wings,
    flies about the world.
    All seek separately
    the many faces of my love."~
    Rumi
     
  12. tigress

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    O heart let go of your soul
    Until you see the soul maker
    Leave behind this deceptive faker
    So you reach your real goal.
    Unless you pass through here
    ...You will never reach the beyond
    Free yourself from worldly bond
    Doubtless clear, to you appear.
    If it is a sign that you seek
    In this path, my dear friend
    Yourself you must transcend
    And signs to you will speak.
    Go past the four and five
    From six and seven look away
    Rise above this earth and clay
    Seven skies become alive.
    When you’ve seen the seventh sky
    Go to the eighth sphere
    Step upon the things that appear
    You’ll find the void nearby.
    Within the void you shall see
    The souls of dear friends
    Disembodied floating heads
    In the spaceless roaming free.
    Close the critical eye
    Appeal to the inner sight
    From yourself briefly take flight
    The beloved will appear nigh.
    You who have never taken a pace
    On the path of misfortune
    To soul’s treasure won’t attune
    Unless this costly pain embrace.
    O hear ye, Shams-e Tabriz
    Silently speak the word
    With your soul be in accord
    Which you’ll see joyously frees.
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    Rumi
     
  13. white*willow

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    thank you Tigress for posting I really appreciated reading that poem
     
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    Love..

    However much
    I comment upon
    and explain Love
    when I reach Love
    I'm ashamed of everything
    I've said about it.....
    Rumi
     
  15. tigress

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    The Sun never says to the Earth, 'You owe me.' Look what happens with a Love like that. It lights up the whole sky.
    ~ Hafiz ♥
     
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    You were born with potential.
    You were born with goodness and trust.
    You were born with ideals and dreams.
    You were born with greatness.
    You were born with wings.
    You are not meant for crawling, so don't!
    You have wings, learn to use them and fly!"
    ~Rumi
     
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    The Idol

    As long as one tress tip
    of the hair of your existence
    still remains

    I fear the sect
    of self-worship
    will survive.

    You claim "I broke
    the idol of illusion --
    I'm liberated!"

    but I fear

    your manifesto is itself
    an idol.

    -Ahmad Jami (from The Drunken Universe, trans. by Peter Wilson and Nasrollah Pourjavady)
     

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