The baptism of God is the dyeing vat of Hu,
God’s absoluteness, in which all colors become one.
When the contemplative falls into that vatâ€”
and you say, “Come out,”
He says, “I am the vat. Don’t blame me.”
That “I am the vat”
means the same as “I am God.”
The red-hot iron has taken on the color of fire.
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
“Rumi: Daylight”, Threshold Books, 1994