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undammed stream/shadow play

You thought union was a way
that you could decide to go.
But the world of the soul
follows things rejected
and almost forgotten.
Your true guide drinks…

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A Taste of Rumi

I have had occasion to get back into ” The Essential Rumi ” ( Translated by Coleman Barks, Penguin Press, introduction by Huston Smith ). I forgot how colorful he was. 151 more words

night ocean filled with glints

Being is not what it seems,
nor nonbeing.
The world’s existence
is not in the world.

If your guide is the ego,
do not rely on luck for help.

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Coleman Barks - On The Turn

The “turn,” the moving meditation done by Mevlevi dervishes, originated with Rumi. The story goes that he was walking in the gold-smithing section of Konya when he heard a beautiful music in their hammering. 234 more words


"The New Rule" by Rumi

It’s the old rule that drunks have to argue
and get into fights.
The lover is just as bad: he falls into a hole.
But down in that hole he finds something shining, 74 more words

The Daily Poems

the essence of a red wine

Around and around all night
in the house of the friend.
This is how it must be,
because the beloved needs
the cup empty, again empty.

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this road that has no end

I honor those
who try to rid themselves of any lying,
who empty the self
and have only clear being there.

Those on the way are almost invisible…

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