One Song

All religions,
all this singing,
is one song.

The differences are just
illusion and vanity.

The sun’s light looks a little different
on this wall than it does on that wall,
and a lot different on this other one,
but it’s still the same light.

We have borrowed these clothes,
these time and place personalities,
from a light, and when we praise,
we’re pouring them back in.


– Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi


Translated by Coleman Barks in his book, ‘The Illuminated Prayer’.

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 poet in the USA for the last 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.