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THE JOURNEY WITHIN
by Rumi

 



If a tree could run or fly it would not suffer from the teeth of a saw
    or the blows of an axe.
If the Sun did not run across the sky the world would not see
    the colors of morning.
If water did not rise from the sea plants would not be quickened
    by rivers or rain.
It's only when a drop leaves the ocean and returns that it can find an oyster
    and become a pearl.

When Joseph left his father both were weeping
Didn't he gain a kingdom and a fortune in the end?
Didn't the Prophet gain the world and a hundred empires
    by traveling to Medina?

But you have no need to go anywhere journey within yourself.
Enter a mine of rubies and bathe in the splendor of your own light.

O great one,
Journey from self to Self and find the mine of gold.
Leave behind what is sour and bitter move toward what is sweet.
Be like the thousand different fruits that grow from briny soil.

This is the miracle
Every tree becomes beautiful when touched by sunlight;
Every soul becomes gold when touched by the Sun of Tabriz (Shams-i Tabriz).
    
Divane Shams-i Tabriz, Ghazal 1042   

( translation by Scimmell )

 

 

 

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