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June 23rd, 2013

Ego Cannot See The Face Of God And Live

I have two ways of loving You:
by Rabia
English version by Charles Upton

I have two ways of loving You:
A selfish one
And another way that is worthy of You.
In my selfish love, I remember You and You alone.
In that other love, You lift the veil
And let me feast my eyes on Your Living Face.


-- from Doorkeeper of the Heart: Versions of Rabia, Translated by Charles Upton
Poetry Chaikhana | Rabia al-Basri (Rabia al- Adawiyya) - I have two ways of loving You:

And (the Lord) said, Thou canst not see my face; for there shall no man see me and live. Exodus 33:20. ... Read more...Collapse )

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