Thursday, June 16, 2005

A mouth is not for talking

Forget the world, and so
command the world.

Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder
help someone's soul to heal.
Walk out of your house like a shepherd.

Stay in the spiritual fire.
Let it cook you.

Be a well-baked loaf
and lord of the table.

Come and be served
to your brothers.

You have been a source of pain.
Now you'll be the delight.

You have been an unsafe house.
Now you'll be the One
who sees into the Invisible.

I said this, and a Voice came to my ear,
"if you become this, you will be That!"

Then Silence,....and now more Silence.

A mouth is not for talking.

A mouth is for tasting this Sweetness.

Jalaluddin Rumi, Ode # 3090 (translation by Coleman Barks)


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