Wednesday, September 7, 2011


You should try to hear the name the Holy One has for things.
There is something in the phrase: "The Holy One taught him names."
We name everything according to the number of legs it has;
The holy one names it according to what is inside.
Moses waved his stick; he thought it was a "rod."
But inside its name was "dragonish snake."
We thought the name of Umar meant: "agitator against priests;"
But in eternity his name is "the one who believes."
No one knows our name until our last breath goes out.

~ Rumi
version by Robert Bly