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His form has passed away and he has become a mirror (Rumi)

Sunlight has recently offered two versions/translations of Rumi’s Mathnawi story of the dervish Bayazid Bestami
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BESTAMI
That magnificent dervish, Bayazid Bestami,
came to his disciples and said,
“I am God.”
It was night, and he was drunk with his ecstasy. […]
February 25th, 2010|Poetry, Rumi|2 Comments

Rumi’s ants

From Rumi’s Mathnawi – Part VI: 2955-2962

The spirit is like an ant, and the body like a grain of wheat
which the ant carries to and fro continually.
The ant knows that the grains of which it has taken charge
will change and become assimilated.
One ant picks up a grain of barley on the road;
another ant picks up […]

March 26th, 2009|Personal, Rumi, Sufi poetry|1 Comment