What Hurts the Soul?

14.1.13

Mysore, India

We tremble, thinking we're about to dissolve
into nonexistence, but nonexistence 
fears even more that it might be given human form!

Loving God is the only pleasure. Other delights 
turn bitter. What hurts the soul?

To live without tasting the water of its own essence. 
People focus on death and this material earth.
They have doubts about soul water.

Those doubts can be reduced! Use night
to wake your clarity. Darkness and the living water
are lovers. Let them stay up together.

When merchants eat their meals
and sleep their dead sleep, 
we night-thieves go to work.

- Rumi  (Translated by Coleman Barks)

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