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The Shine in the Fields
by Rumi

The shine in the fields and in the orchard
has become the light of your face.  

No home now, no loved occupation, no belongings,
no figuring profits and loss.  

When this love comes, it's impossible to worry about honor or reputation, 

what the community gives, the more and the less.  

There's no longer any demarcation line between 

"the worlds."  Hats fly off.  

A pack of dogs snarl and bite each other around a carcass.  

We're not those dogs.  

Only God knows our secrets, and that's enough.  

We have no more discussions
about God or arguments over doctrine.  

What is planted in each person's soul with sprout.

We surrender to however that happens.
Companions used to be magnets that drew us together to talk.  


No more.  No more even the sun!  

It has turned itself into the face of Shams-i Tabriz, 

the sanctity and praise.
    Ghazal (Ode) 1710 ( Divan-i Shams Tabriz)
      Version by Coleman Barks, with Nevit Ergin 

"The Glance" Viking-Penguin, 1999 



Toward silence

Carry your baggage toward silence:
when you seek the signs of the Way,
don't make yourself the focus of attention.
The Prophet said, "Know that amid the sea of cares
my Companions are like guiding stars."
Fix your eye on the stars and seek the Way;
speech confuses the sight: be silent.


Rakht-hâ-râ su-ye khâmushi keshân
chon neshân juyi ma-kon khvod-râ neshân
Goft Payghambar keh "Dar bahr-e homum
dar dalâlat dân to Yârân-râ nojum"
Cheshm dar estâregân neh rah be-ju
notq tashvish-e nazar bâshad ma-gu

    Mathnawi VI:1594-1596
               Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski "Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
               Threshold Books, 1996
               Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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