Lalla - To learn the scriptures is easy

To learn the scriptures is easy

by Lalla

English version by Coleman Barks
Original Language Kashmiri

To learn the scriptures is easy,
to live them, hard.
The search for the Real
is no simple matter.

Deep in my looking,
the last words vanished.
Joyous and silent,
the waking that met me there.


-- from Naked Song, by Lalla / Translated by Coleman Barks
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No One Here But Him

No One Here but Him

by Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi
English version by Andrew Harvey


Collapse )Watching my hand; He is moving it.
Hearing my voice; He is speaking...
Walking from room to room --
No one here but Him.


-- from Perfume of the Desert: Inspirations from Sufi Wisdom, by Andrew Harvey / Eryk Hanut

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A Selection From Rum, "translated" by Barks

There is some kiss we want
with our whole lives,
the touch of Spirit on the body.

Seawater begs the pearl
to break its shell.

And the lily, how passionately
it needs some wild Darling!

At night, I open the window
and ask the moon to come
and press its face against mine.
Breathe into me.

Close the language-door,
and open the love-window.

The moon won't use the door,
only the window.


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Symeon the New Theologian - How is it I can love You

How is it I can love You
     within me,
     yet see You from afar?

How is it I embrace You
     within myself,
     yet see You spread across the heavens?

You know. You alone.
     You, who made this mystery,
     You who shine
like the sun in my breast,
     You who shine
     in my material heart,
          immaterially.


-- from The Longing in Between: Sacred Poetry from Around the World (A Poetry Chaikhana Anthology), Edited by Ivan M. Granger
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Abu-Said Abil-Kheir - Love came and emptied me of self

Love came and emptied me of self,
every vein and every pore,
made into a container to be filled by the Beloved.
Of me, only a name is left,
the rest is You my Friend, my Beloved.


-- from The Longing in Between: Sacred Poetry from Around the World (A Poetry Chaikhana Anthology), Edited by Ivan M. Granger
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Eihei Dogen - One of six verses composed in An'yoin Temple in Fukakusa, 1230:

One of six verses composed in An'yoin Temple in Fukakusa, 1230:

by Eihei Dogen

English version by Steven Heine
Original Language Japanese

Drifting pitifully in the whirlwind of birth and death,
As if wandering in a dream,
In the midst of illusion I awaken to the true path;
There is one more matter I must not neglect,
But I need not bother now,
As I listen to the sound of the evening rain
Falling on the roof of my temple retreat
In the deep grass of Fukakusa.


-- from The Zen Poetry of Dogen: Verses from the Mountain of Eternal Peace, by Stev
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Eihei Dogen - True person manifest throughout the ten quarters of the world

True person manifest throughout the ten quarters of the world

by Eihei Dogen

English version by Steven Heine
Original Language Japanese

The true person is
Not anyone in particular;
But, like the deep blue color
Of the limitless sky,
It is everyone, everywhere in the world.


-- from The Zen Poetry of Dogen: Verses from the Mountain of Eternal Peace, by Steven Heine

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