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When I Cease To Be...

Round this worid, rich and and, Let’s look. What will surveys reveal? The towers built a goodly deal By Alexander and Jamshid. Lions and tigers haunt the wild In forests luminous and green. Dew~amp meadows next are seen, Creeks and springs with water mild. From nothing did the Lord create. Mountains are the lords of earth: Ask them, they’ll talk of Noah’s birth About them prayers congregate. Rejoice,...

Love’s Torments...

Rivers of love surged forth and overflowed. I surfaced with a cloudburst in my blood - The throne of heart o’erturned – the world in code - I swam and swam3 a candle in the flood! Sleeping I dreamed and waking I arose. Love’s cruel – so I have read, I think - Its fatal dram of ecstasy I chose: I seized the chalice. Now I have to drink! Dark gales from my beloved blew. Eclipse Brought separation....

DAWN IS THE TIME...

Friends, be receptive when new days are born!         – When dervish convent doors let in the morn         – When blessings flood them with the pristine light         Of dawn – and Truth sounds clear its hunting horn.         When Sin comes courting, do not let him in.         Deny both sin and self Thus you will win         Repentance. O, now is the time...

Makhtumkuli’s Advice...

Never speak sharply to a fellow man. The poor are aided by your courtesy. Stay distant from the sinner if you can. Doing your work well needs efficiency. When meeting orphans1 greet them with a smile And, better yet, provide a meal meanwhile. Comfort the sad in gently hopeful style. Support the helpless man with constancy. Though poverty brings pain with it, perforce, It does not kill. So smile – a dog or...

Be Not Poor...

O Ummah of Muhammad, be not poor1 Or else your kith and kin will leave your door As strangers. Brothers too will lose respect. Your foes will laugh and vex your friends the more. A poor man goes barefoot, showing his need. At meetings they will seat him low indeed1 While if he rides a horse it’s called an ass - A rich man’s ass, of course, is called a steed Just ask a favour, then see what you get! Ask...

Exhortation In Time Of Trouble...

My fortune seems to be taking wing. Since we pray and rend our clothes Fulfil our wishes1 0 Great Lord. The Kyzylbash have ruined everything. Send warriors to the steppes, where habitable1 Make our homeland structures robust1 Cool the heads of our brave youth. Above all, let our food all be served on one table. Let dervishes pray without unseemly interference And the young as formerly gather for the dance. May...

Birds Of The Air...

Meditating on all things afresh, I heard my soul cry “God” - That soul1 when free in wisdom1 wisely clothed In blood and nerve and evanescent flesh. Perchance you do not find the path traversed1 Perchance you do not know1 Perchance you cannot seek the way to God; You’ll find yourself in sorrow deep immersed. Observe the palms that grow so bounteously. You see the rose that blooms, You see the...

The Pains Of Love...

Love caught fire within my heart, and burned and blazed. Smoke whirling in the wind whipped me like something crazed Fate caught me3 spinning me upon its wheel. Who came to see me through the eyes of real desire? Separation was a storm – both flood and fire. Swept on1 I gained the shores of love, shipwrecked – so null Real and unreal were hurricanes within my skull. I fell exhausted, lost in wonderment....

Dawn Is Thyee Time...

Friends, be receptive when new days are born! - When dervish convent doors let in the morn - When blessings flood them with the pristine light Of dawn – and Truth sounds clear its hunting horn. When Sin comes courting, do not let him in. Deny both sin and self. Thus you will win Repentance. 0, now is the time! Begin! Now is the time that God forgives all sin. The Lord will guide you through the narrow pass...

A Lament...

Sixty-year-old Sufis (self-declared) - Small time remains for moons to wax and wane! In the desert foxes see no hound: Of hunting sleeping lions they dream again. “No falcon can compare with me3’1 says Crow. To chase one hawk requires a thousand crakes. The gold-eyed lizard cannot take the sun: It lurks unseen, waiting to catch small snakes. Badgers cannot snare the lamest deer, Nor foxes break a lion cub’s...

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