Tuesday, January 25, 2011

If you want a customer | Rumi


If you want a customer who will pay in gold,
could there be a better customer than God, my heart?!

He buys our dirty bag of goods,
and in return gives us an inner light that borrows from His splendor.

He receives the dissolving ice of this mortal body
and gives a kingdom beyond imagining.

He takes a few tear drops,
and gives a spiritual spring so delicious
sugar is jealous of its sweetness.

If any doubt waylays you,
rely upon the spiritual traders, the Messengers, the Divine Informers.

The Divine Ruler increased their fortune so greatly,
no mountain could bear what they’ve been given.


- Rumi, Mathnawi, [VI, 879-882; 886-887]
Translation by Kabir Helminski

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