Wednesday, May 23, 2012

beneath all passing shows





The pilgrim sees no form but His and knows
That He subsists beneath all passing shows --
The pilgrim comes from Him whom he can see,
Lives in Him, with Him, and beyond all three.
Be lost in Unity's inclusive span,
Or you are human but not yet a man.
Whoever lives, the wicked and the blessed,
Contains a hidden sun within his breast --
Its light must dawn though dogged by long delay;
The clouds that veil it must be torn away --
Whoever reaches to his hidden sun
Surpasses good and bad and knows the One.
The good and bad are here while you are here;
Surpass yourself and they will disappear.





~ Farid ud-Din Attar (1120? - 1220?)
from The Conference of the Birds
English version by Afkham Darbandi and Dick Davis
with thanks to poetry chaikhana




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