Thursday, 26 June 2014

The Hidden Sweetness

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

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

“There is hidden sweetness in the stomach’s emptiness.
We are lutes, no more, no less
If the sound box is stuffed full of anything, no music.
If the brain and the belly are burning clean with fasting,
Every moment a new song comes out of the fire.
The fog clears, and new energy makes you run up the steps before you.
Be emptier and cry like reed instruments cry,
Emptier, write secrets with the reed pen.
When you are full of food and drink, an ugly metal
Statue sits where your spirit should.
When you fast, good habits gather like friends who want to help.
Fasting is Solomon’s ring.
Do not give in to some illusion and lose your power, but even if you have,
If you have lost all will and control, they come back when you fast,
Like soldiers appearing out of the ground, pennants flying above them.
A table Descends to your tents, the Lord’s table.
Expect to see it when you fast, this table spread with
Other food, better than the broth of cabbages.”

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