The Passion for God

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The following was translated by Shaykh Kabir Helminski and Shaykh Camille Helminski.

Love of the dead does not last
Because the dead will not return
But love of the living
Is in every moment fresher than a bud,
Both to the inward and the outward eye.
Choose the love of that Living One
Who is Everlasting, Who Offers you
The wine that increases life.
Do not say, 'We have no entrance to that King.'
Dealings with the generous are not difficult.

Mawlana Jalal ad-Din ar-Rumi (q.s.)

Matsnawi I, 217-219, 221


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