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Lovers have nothing to do with existence

The lover’s food is the love of the bread;
no bread need be at hand:
no one who is sincere in his love is a slave to existence.
Lovers have nothing to do with existence;
lovers have the interest without the capital.
Without wings they fly around the world;
without hands they carry the polo ball from the field.
That dervish who caught the scent of Reality
used to weave baskets even though his hands had been cut off.
Lovers have pitched their tents in nonexistence;
they are of one quality and one essence, as nonexistence is.
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March 3rd, 2010|Love, Poetry, Rumi, Sufi poetry, Sufism|3 Comments

Prince Charles on “East and West: Parables of the Soul”

Prince Charles was recently in Konya, Turkey on a state visit that coincides with Rumi’s 800th birth anniversary. Commenting on the appeal of Rumi globally, he said: “Is it perhaps the depth of yearning of the heart which we all feel and […]

December 15th, 2007|Poetry, Rumi, Sufi poetry, Sufism, World Literature|5 Comments

The Song of the Reed – on Rumi’s birth anniversary

Listen to the song of the reed, How it wails with the pain of separation

September 29th, 2007|Arts & Culture, Poetry, Rumi, Sufi poetry, Sufism, World Literature|5 Comments