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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Note: I will be out of town for a few days. Blog will resume next week. Have a great week, all.

The following is from Ivan Granger's website, www.poetry-chaikhana.com (Thanks again, Ivan).

Mystic Chat

By Hakim Sanai
(1044? - 1150?)

English version by Peter Lamborn Wilson and Nasrollah Pourjavady

My dear!
You haven't the feet
for this path --
why struggle?
You've no idea where
the idol's to be found --
what's all this
mystic chat?
What can be done
with quarrelsome
fellow travelers,
If you were really a lover
you'd see that faith and infidelity
are one...
Oh, what's the use?
about such things
is a hobby for
numb brains.
You are pure spirit
but imagine yourself a corpse!
pure water which thinks
it's the pot!
Everything you want
must be searched for --
except the Friend.
If you don't find Him
you'll never
be able
to start
to even
you can be sure:
You are not Him --
you can remove yourself
from between
and Him --
in which case

-- from The Drunken Universe: An Anthology of Persian Sufi Poetry, Translated by Peter Lamborn Wilson / Translated by Nasrollah Pourjavady

Here,in this ancient poet's work, is a familiar theme: in order to find the "Friend" (the Divine Reality), one should give up vain struggle and searching, and simply "get out of the way." Too often, we stand in our own light and thus cannot see the very thing we are seeking.

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