A Sufi Poem for the New Year

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colinw
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A Sufi Poem for the New Year

Post by colinw » Fri Jan 01, 2010 2:17 pm

'Whispering, then listening close' (from 'The Poem of the Sufi Way')

By Umar Ibn al-Farid
(1181 - 1235)

English version by Th. Emil Homerin



Whispering, then listening close
from the vision of one
casting away his all, instantly,
out of an omnipotent hand.

Thus I read the knowledge of the scholars
in a single word,
and I reveal all the worlds to me
with a simple glance.

I hear the many voices
of those who pray in every tongue
in a space of time
shorter than a flash.

And I bring before me
what before had been
too far away to bear,
in a blink of my eye.

I inhale the bouquet of gardens
and the sweet scents clinging to the skirts
of the four winds,
in a simple breath.

I survey the far horizons round me
in a momentary thought,
and cross the seven heavens
with a single step.



-- from Umar Ibn al-Farid: Sufi Verses, Saintly Life, Translated by Th. Emil Homerin

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Re: A Sufi Poem for the New Year

Post by Hand » Fri Jan 01, 2010 10:42 pm

hi colinw

Nice poem!! But.................I don't understand it - any ideas?
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Re: A Sufi Poem for the New Year

Post by Ananda » Sat Jan 02, 2010 2:42 am

http://www.sacred-texts.com/isl/masnavi/


The Masnavi by Rumi


Exquisite.

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