God’s Face gradually fades away from the infant’s sight.
If this did not happen, you would never be able to
recognize and converse with the things you do.
A soul’s blindness most always increases as the body
grows, and certain hungers set in, and one’s attention
is turned that way.
Now that you have travelled so far and have seen so
much, what is it you most prize?
What pack horse does not feel relieved when its
burden is lifted? Desires narrowed down, can do the
same, decrease the weight you carry, and unveil the
wonder in the present.
Just a single movement, a single impetus, I now have.
Thus, there is no conflict with anything I do.
What kind of man would ask his breath the reason
for its actions? Less demanding, questioning, I now
am of all I see.
God’s face will gradually return to your perception. My
words will help draw back the curtain from your eyes.
~ Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi
Translated by Daniel Ladinsky, in his book, ‘The Purity of Desire – 100 Rumi Poems”.
Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi was a Sufi Shaykh who lived in Turkey 800 years ago, being one of the greatest Saints that the world has ever seen. He has been the most popular poets in the USA for the past ten years, with people still finding inspiration in his wisdom and beautiful language. He was the founder of the Mevlevi Sufi Order, who are famous for their Sufi Whirling Ceremony.