The soul, our essence, the spirit world, indescribable by many, yet simply and passionately conveyed by Rumi. Here, I am sharing the translations by Coleman Barks of The Essential Rumi, finds meaningful understandings of body, mind, heart, soul and spirit.
the wound is the place where the light enters
There is a community of the spirit.
Join it, and feel the delight
of walking in the noisy street
and being the noise.
Drink all your passion,
and be a disgrace.
Close both eyes
to see with the other eye.
When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.
When actions come from another section, the feeling disappears. Don’t let
others lead you. They may be blind, or worse, vultures.
Reach for the rope
And what is that? Putting aside self-will.
people sit in jail, the trapped bird’s wings are tied,
fish sizzle in the skillet.
The anger of police is willfulness. You’ve seen a
inflict visible punishment. Now
see the invisible. If you could leave your selfishenss
would see how you’ve been torturing your soul. We are born and live inside
black water in a well
you think you want to go. Ask the way to the spring.
Your living pieces will form
a harmony. There is a moving palace that floats in the air
with balconies and clear
water flowing through, infinity everywhere, yet
under a single tent.
this we have now
is not imagination
This is not
grief or joy.
not a judging state,
or an elation,
Those come and go.
This is the presence that
not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu
Buddhist, Sufi or Zen. Not any religion
or cultural system. I am not from the East
or the West, not out of the ocean or up
from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not
composed of elements at all. I do not exist,
am not an entity in this world or in the next,
did not descend from Adam or Eve or any
origin story. My place is placeless, A trace of the traceless. Neither body or soul.
I belong to the beloved, have seen the two worlds as one and that one call to and know,
first, last, outer, inner, only that
breath breathing human being.
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