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  • Confused and distraught
    Again I am raging, I am in such a state by your soul that every
    bond you bind, I break, by your soul.
    I am like heaven, like the moon, like a candle by your glow; I am all
    reason, all love, all soul, by your soul.
    My joy is of your doing, my hangover of your thorn; whatever
    side you turn your face, I turn mine, by your soul.
    I spoke in error; it is not surprising to speak in error in this
    state, for this moment I cannot tell cup from wine, by your soul.
    I am that madman in bonds who binds the "divs"; I, the madman,
    am a Solomon with the "divs", by your soul.
    Whatever form other than love raises up its head from my
    heart, forthwith I drive it out of the court of my heart, by your soul.
    Come, you who have departed, for the thing that departs
    comes back; neither you are that, by my soul, nor I am that, by your soul.
    Disbeliever, do not conceal disbelief in your soul, for I will recite
    the secret of your destiny, by your soul.
    Out of love of Sham-e Tabrizi, through wakefulness or
    nightrising, like a spinning mote I am distraught, by your soul.

    "Mystical Poems of Rumi 2" A. J. Arberry
    The University of Chicago Press, 1991
    From www.rumi.org.uk
  • The Dust Ball

    A dervish was sweeping the floor of the khanqah. Abu Sa’id saw him and said, “Be like the dust ball that rolls before the broom, and not like the rock left behind.” With these words the shaykh showed the young disciple that to advance on the path, one must be like the dust, which has no will of its own but goes wherever the broom (the spiritual master) commands – and must not be like the rock (the ego), which asserts its own will and resists the direction of the perfect guide.
    From Tales from the Land of Sufis by Mojdeh Bayat and Mohammad Ali Jamnia

    A Man Against Sufism and Dhu Nun
    A certain young man was always speaking against Sufis. One day, Dhu Nun took the ring from his finger and gave it to the man.
    "Take this to the market and sell it for a dollar," he said.
    The young man took it to the market and tried to sell it, but no one would give him more than 10 cents for it. The young man returned to Dhu Nun with the news.
    "Now, take the ring to the jewelers and see what they price it at," said Dhu Nun.
    The jewelers priced the ring at 1000 dollars.
    "You know as much about Sufis," Dhu Nun told the young man when he returned, "as those people in the marketplace know about this ring."
    The young man repented, and disbelieved in the Sufis no more.
    [Adapted from Farid-ud-Din Attar's "Tadhkirat al-Awliyya" / "Memorial of the Saints."] From www.haqq.com.au

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