Occupy yourself with your own inward self! – Rumi
Oh heart, place no honey in the mouth of the
ill! Speak not of entrancing eyes in the assembly of the blind!
Although God is nearer to His servant than his
jugular vein, He is far from those who are far
Occupy yourself with your own inward self!
Then like moons the concealed maidens will come out in theophany from behind their veils!
Although in this work you will be lost to
yourself and the world, outside of yourself and the world you will be famous.
If you are the moon of union, give a sign of
your union! Tell of the arms, the silver breasts, and the faces of the houris!
And if you are yellow gold from separation’s
heartache, where is separation’s burning brand? Only the coins of the wretched are so dull and tarnished.
Since you have no love, at least perform the
duties of servanthood, for God will never neglect the wages of the wage earners.
Know that love for God is Solomon’s seal-how
should Solomon’s income be related to the wages of ants?
Throw away the garments of thought and
cogitation, for the sun only shines upon the naked!
Seek refuge in the locks of Shams-i Tabrizi, for
they rain down musk and will protect you from tyrants.
Translation by William C. Chittick