This blog includes excerpts from my book entitled The Lover's Gaze: Rumi's Guide for Lovers and Spiritual Seekers. In it I try to provide balanced (not too literal, yet not diverging from the original Persian) translations and commentary on the poetry and practical philosophy of Rumi, the Persian Sufi Mystic and Poet.
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Thursday, July 10, 2014
This Round I am Suddenly Wrapped in Love -- Ode 1372
I find myself suddenly wrapped in Love this round
This round I find myself suddenly ignoring Prudence
Having torn my own heart out, I'm alive from that Some Other
For I have completely burnt Intellect, Emotion and Thought
Tell the people, tell then now, dont expect me to be a good people person anymore
What I have thought about, what I have conceived of in my heart, even the craziest among you have never thought.
The crazy have sprinkled stars and fled in seeing my ecstatic state
I have jumped straight into Oblivion, into Nothingness, I have mingled with death.
Today my mind and intellect hate me all of a sudden
And wishes to frighten me, thinking I have not witnessed.
How would I be afraid of it? I have created that image myself for the mind!
How can I be confused ? I who have confused the hunter, so.
I am beyond the sphere of stars, and don't rely on blood flowing anymore
I have licked many a bowl for the beggar faced ones