April 30, 2004
drink the wine that moves you

The Many Wines

God has given us a dark wine so potent that,

drinking it, we leave the two worlds.

God has put into the form of hashish a power

to deliver the taster from self-consciousness.

God has made sleep so that

it erases every thought.

God made Majnun love Layla so much that

just her dog would cause confusion in him.

There are thousands of wines

that can take over our minds.

Don't think all ecstasies

are the same!

Jesus was lost in his love for God.

His donkey was drunk with barley.

Drink from the presence of saints,

not from those other jars.

Every object, every being,

is a jar full of delight.

Be a connoisseur,

and taste with caution.

Any wine will get you high.

Judge like a king, and choose the purest,

the ones unadulterated with fear,

or some urgency about "what's needed."

Drink the wine that moves you

as a camel moves when it's been untied,

and is just ambling about.

(From "RUMI: One-Handed Basket Weaving," versions of Rumi by Coleman Barks (Maypop, 1991), p. 75. The original is from Rumi's Mathnawi, Book IV, 2683-2696.)

--It's "Post a Poem to your Blog" day. Via Batgrl

off topic | from inside the mind of krix at April 30, 2004 09:35 PM .

Hi Krix!

Well... there is something very important about and in these words... i'll have to muse over them...maybe it's something pertaining to wisdom, knowledge and happiness...)
keep well )))

Posted by: Wanda on April 30, 2004 11:43 PM

"judge like a king and choose the purest"

...seems easy enough LOL!

Posted by: shelz on May 1, 2004 07:34 AM

I love this:

"God made Majnun love Layla so much that

just her dog would cause confusion in him."

Thanks for sharing this. I think the wine metaphor is very appropriate for our favorite wine expert!

Posted by: bakednudel on May 2, 2004 04:29 AM

I'm liking this guy Rumi...I think I said this before.

Posted by: shelz on May 2, 2004 08:37 AM

I remember this one, it's beautiful :-)

Of course now I'm a little tipsy and drunk on words after reading it on a monday-morning ;-)

Posted by: Julie! on May 3, 2004 08:49 AM
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