Sunday, November 28, 2010

stay with that silence

There was a time we lost ourselves in others,
a time we ate the best of foods.
There was time we relied on the intellect,
a time we looked for fortune
but all this had no value in the end.
For a mouthful of food and some bitter herbs
we went everywhere,
we made so many plans
one day it was Rome,
the next day it was Africa.
We entered a raging battlefield, for what?
a few crumbs of bread.
Lose your soul in God's love, I swear
there is no other way.
Stay with that silence.
I once ran toward the knowledge of this world;
now the papers are packed, the pens are broken
O Saaqi, bring on the wine!
~ Rumi
from A Garden Beyond Paradise
version by Jonathan Star


CSquared said...

Am looking for the quote -- perhaps from E. Tolle -- that related to advent/birth of Jesus/ -- and which appeared on this blog right under the quote from St. Expury -- or was that just my imagination?

If you can provide that quote, I'd be most appreciative --


Dean Keller said...

If you could remember a bit more, maybe I can find the one you're looking for. I change these quite often at times and don't keep a listing of past posts.