Posted by: sailingspirit | April 12, 2011

Lovers Are Made Aware

(This poem is so beautiful I just had to share it, and encourage you to explore more.)

You resolve a hundred times
to journey somewhere,
but He draws you somewhere else.
He turns the horse’s bridle in every direction
so that the untrained horse may realize there is a rider.
A good horse has a well-paced trot
when it feels a good rider on its back.

First He fixed your heart on a hundred passionate desires,
then disappointed you, and finally broke your heart.
Since He broke the wings of your first intention,
How do you doubt the existence of the Wing Breaker?
Since His ordainment
snapped the cord of your plans,
how can you remain blind to His command?

But sometimes your resolutions and aims are fulfilled,
so that through hope your heart
might form another intention,
which He may once again destroy.
For if He were to keep you completely from success,
you would despair, and then
how would the seed of expectation be sown?
If your heart did not sow that seed
and then encounter barrenness,
how would it recognize its submission to Divine will?
By their failures lovers are made aware of their Lord.

Lack of success is the guide to Paradise:
pay attention to the tradition
“Paradise is encompassed with pain.”

Rumi, originally in Mathnawi III, 4456-4467 and re-presented in Love’s Ripening: Rumi on the Heart’s Journey, Helminski & Rezwani.

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