Rumi's verses below bring to mind the way deep love and deep loss can open us up, rendering us vulnerable as children, open as a newborn taking in the world, her beauty, her stillness and Sacredness. Some believe all children are born mystics--we just forget how to hear and see along the way. If such openness to the Sacredness all around and within us are forgotten from our childhoods, perhaps a gift or Grace of deep loss is that while we may heal, the gift of transformation remains. In contemplation we return, never again forgetting what it's like to re-experience and live in the world in this way.
So, finding this lyric poem from Rumi's "Ghazels," I wish to share it with anyone who has a few moments to "open up your heart" and take love inside you (again)...
Water and Wine
Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi
With Your sweet Soul, this soul of mine
has merged as water does with wine.
Who can part the water from the wine,
or me from You when we combine?
You have become my greater self;
how can smallness limit me?
You've taken on my being,
how shall I not take on Yours?
Forever, You have claimed me
that forever I may know You're mine.
Your love has pierced me to the depths,
its ecstasy entwines both bone and nerve.
I rest as a reed flute laid upon Your lips;
as an ancestor of the flute I lie against your breast.
Breathe deeply in me that I may sigh;
Strike upon my strings and tears glisten.
Sweet are my tears and sweet my sighs;
worldly joys I return to the world.
You remain in my inmost Soul
whose depths the mirrored heavens reflect.
O pearl in this mussel shell:
O diamond in my darkest mine!
In You, this honey is dissolved,
O milk of life, so mild, so fine!
Our sweetnesses, all merged in You,
sweeten infant smiles.
You crush me into rose oil, drop by drop;
nor do I complain beneath the press.
In Your sweet pain, pain dissolves,
for I, Your rose, had this intent.
You bade me blossom on Your robe,
and made me for all eyes Your sign.
And when You pour me upon this world,
it blooms in Beauty, fully Divine.
~Trans. Helminski with Hastie
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