Joy at sudden disappointment

​Joy at Sudden DisappointmentWhatever comes, comes from a need,a sore distress, a hurting want. Mary’s pain made the baby Jesus.Her womb opened its lipsand spoke the Word. Every part of you has a secret language.Your hands and your feet say what you’ve done. And every need brings in what’s needed.Pain bears its cure like a child. Having nothing produces […]

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Always check your inner state

Always check your inner state with the lord of your heart.Copper doesn’t know it’s copper, until it’s changed to gold. Your loving doesn’t know its majesty, until it knows its helplessness.These gifts from the Friend, a robe of skin and veins, a teacher within, wear them and become a school, with a greater sheikh nearby.  Jalal […]

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Where the light enters you

Your stream may look clean, but there’s unstirred matter on the bottom.Your sheikh can dig a side channel that will drain that waste off.Trust your wound to a teacher’s surgery. Flies collect on a wound.  They cover it, those flies of your self-protecting feelings, your love for what you think is yours.Let a teacher wave away […]

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The prayer of a shaykh

“The Prayer of a shaykh is different from other prayers.He has so completely dissolved his ego…. nothinged himself… that what he says is like God talking to God. How could such a prayer not be granted?”Jalal ad-Din Rumi

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