Love is the flame which, when it blazes,
consumes everything other than the Beloved.
The lover wields the sword of Nothingness
in order to dispatch all but God;
consider what remains after Nothing.
There remains but God: all the rest is gone.
Praise to you, O mighty Love, destroyer of all other "gods".
After you've become nothing, you needn't fear the anvil;
take lessons every morning from absolute nothingness.
In the sight of Love, fear isn't even as great as a single hair;
in the law of Love, everything is offered as a sacrifice.
Though your life has almost passed, this present moment is its root:
if it lacks moisture, water it with repentance.
Give the Living Water to the root of your life,
so that the tree of your life may flourish.
By this Water past mistakes are redeemed.
By this Water last year's poison is made sweet.
Jewels of Remembrance: A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance Containing 365 Selections From the Wisdom of Rumi
- Selected and Translated by Camille and Kabir Helminski