Tuesday, February 01, 2011

The Thirst and The Ritual...

In prayer continually
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The ritual prayer is five times daily,

but the guide for lovers is the verse,

they who are in prayer continually.*

The headache of intoxication in those heads

isn't relieved by five times, nor by five hundred thousand.

"Visit once a week" is not the ration for lovers;

the soul of sincere lovers has an intense craving to drink.

"Visit once a week" is not the ration for those fish,

since they feel no spiritual joy without the Sea.

Mathnawi VI:2669-2670
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance
Threshold Books, 1996

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