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Rumi - I Am The Life Of My Beloved:

What can I do, Muslims? I do not know myself.
I am no Christian, no Jew, no Magian, no Musulman.
Not of the East, not of the West. Not of the land, not of the sea.
Not of the Mine of Nature, not of the circling heavens,
Not of earth, not of water, not of air, not of fire;
Not of the throne, not of the ground, of existence, of being;
Not of India, China, Bulgaria, Saqseen;
Not of the kingdom of the Iraqs, or of Khorasan;
Not of this world or the next: of heaven or hell;
Not of Adam, Eve, the gardens of Paradise or Eden;
My place placeless, my trace traceless.
Neither body nor soul: all is the life of my Beloved.
I have put away duality: I have seen the Two worlds as one.
I desire One, I know One, I see One, I call One.

---Jalaluddin Rumi---

Note: This poem is from Rumi's "Divan-i-Shams-i-Tabriz." Some are offended by this poem, believing that Rumi suggests union with God. Others believe that Rumi is merely searching for ONE God irrespective of religion. I think Rumi wants to know about and believe in One Supreme Being and he has a wonderful way of expressing it in this poem.


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