Thursday, March 31, 2011


I asked the birds
who sing at night
where they learned their songs,
and what they sang about.

They said,

 "We learn from
birds who sing by day,
but what we sing about
is hard for us to say.

"Only those with beak
and wing can fathom joy
in dark and doubt.

The sky may turn to evening
and the sun to moon,

but we sing
of what you do not speak -

how night is sometimes noon,
how any season of the soul

with time, 
be coaxed to spring."

~ Jean Burden ~

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Beloved You've Lost

i want to leave this town
but you've chained me down
stolen away my heart
leaving yourself behind

now i've lost my way
my soul restless and head twisted
all because of those secrets
you once whispered

i only must keep
fasting my heart
to set me free
from sleepless nights

since your only advice
when you saw me in flame
was to keep burning
with you or with your thoughts

words of wisdom
came to me at last

"the beloved you've lost
the one you've been seeking outside
can only be found inside"

Ghazal 2582, from the Diwan-e Shams
Translation by Nader Khalili
"Rumi, Fountain of Fire", Cal-Earth Press, 1995

Friday, March 11, 2011

Something Incredible

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 something incredible is waiting
 to be known.

 ~ Blaise Pascal ~

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

A Lone Journey


A Lone Journey

Posted on 19 January 2011

If I were to say
the path is pretty simple
you would not have believed me.

If I were to say
the path is indeed difficult
you would not have understood me too.

For who knows what is your level
of understanding
except my sheer ignorance in
thinking that I know you better
than you know yourself.

Who am I to say what is good for you
save you know for yourself
even if you are not yet in the position
of knowing for yourself
there is no absolute certainty
that I can tell you what is appropriate for you.

Hence it is indeed a mission impossible
to come to a right teaching
for an appropriate mind
that can bring one directly to freedom

as a pin in the haystack
searching but not finding
indeed sorrowful the path of deliverance it can be

and yet nothing is loss
as where there is willingness
and deep conviction
the master will come
when the student is ready

thus be open to receiving
what is already in hand
as anything can be a learning tool
so long as you are ready to look at it
from a beginner’s mind
freed from judgments and reservations.

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