Rumi, excerpts.

“My sweetheart seized it from him and quaffed the wine; flames from that wine went running over his face.
He was beholding his own beauty, and saying to the evil eye, ‘Never has there been, nor shall there come in this age, another like me.'”


“When the veils are burned away, the heart will understand completely…Ancient Love will unfold ever-fresh forms in the heart of the Spirit, in the core of the heart.”


“All your talk is worthless when compared with one whisper of the Beloved.”

“The Alchemy of Love”
You come to us
from another world

From beyond the stars
and void of space.
Transcendent, Pure,
Of unimaginable beauty,
Bringing with you
the essence of love

You transform all
who are touched by you.
Mundane concerns,
troubles, and sorrows
dissolve in your presence,
Bringing joy
to ruler and ruled
To peasant and king

You bewilder us
with your grace.
All evils
transform into

You are the master alchemist.

You light the fire of love
in earth and sky
in heart and soul
of every being.

Through your love
existence and nonexistence merge.
All opposites unite.
All that is profane
becomes sacred again.



2 thoughts on “Rumi, excerpts.

  1. barb 01 January 2012 at 08:56 Reply

    wow, that is so beautiful.

    • Kāmya 01 January 2012 at 08:58 Reply

      I first heard of Coleman Barks’ beautiful translation at this blog. Exquisite beyond words!

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