Sunday, October 28, 2007

Die Before you die | poem by Rabia


Ironic, but one of the most intimate acts
of our body is
death.

So beautiful appeared my death –
knowing Who then i would kiss,
i died a thousand times before i died.

“Die before you die,” said the Prophet
Muhammad.

Have wings that feared ever
touched the Sun?

i was born when all I once
feared - i could
love.

- Rabia Basri, the highly acclaimed woman sufi saint of 8th century (717 - 801), may God sanctify her station.

:: from “Love Poems From God” by Daniel Ladinsky / In both Eastern and western spiritual traditions. It is believed that certain mystics and saints receive a gift from God that makes them poetic conduits of the divine, bearers of "Love Poems From God." Love Poems From God is a collection of poems from 12 timeless spiritual poets; six from the East and six from the West. [>] read some selection of poems via Poet Seer.

Also:
. a Zen Story of Dying before Death
. What is Fana, what is Baqa?
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