Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sunday Thoughts

O, the sky who turns above our head!
In love of the sun, you share the same mantle with me.
By God you are in love - and I shall tell what reveals your secret:
Inside and out you are radiant and lush.
You do not get soaked in the sea, you are not bound to the earth;
You do not burn in fire, and are not disturbed by the wind.
O the millstone! which is the water that makes you turn?
Tell me! Perhaps you are a wheel made of Iron.
You turn one way and make the earth green [with raindrops] like paradise;
Then you turn the other way and uproot the trees [in storm].
The sun turn the other way and uproot the trees [in a storm].
The sunis a candle and you a moth in action;
Weaving your web around this candle.
You are a pilgrim wearing in Ihram turquoise in color
Like pilgrims you are in circumambulation in Ka'bah.
God said: 'whoever performed Hajj is safe';
O dutiful wheel [of the sky!] you are safe from harm.

Everything is a pretext, there is love and nothing besides love;
Love is the house of God and you are living in that house.
I will say no more, for it is not possible to say;
God knows how much more is in me crying out to be told.

~Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi-Rumi


  1. Now, if only we would look after all that prettiness.


  2. Very nice- thank you for sharing this.

  3. Hi Nick Nice poem and the picture is
    beautiful. Thanks for sharing them.
    Has Alex caught that mouse yet?
    I hope you are getting enough rest
    . Has your leg healed properly yet?
    Hope so, thanks for comments.
    Take great care, Regards, Merle.

  4. "Everything is a pretext, there is love and nothing besides love."

    Rumi's poetry is not only beautiful, it's so true. What a wonderful Sunday sentiment. Thanks, and have a great Sunday.

  5. I like that quite a bit. Amen brother. Cheers!!

  6. What a lovely thought to start off my day. Thanks.

  7. Did you convert to Islam?

    I think I had trouble understanding this, in full. The parts I did get, were beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  8. JD’s ROSE: Oh, darlin’, it’s so good to hear from you! I apologize for not visiting you at your my Space place; I so seldom get to my site there either. Yes! You picked up on the message I was using Rumi to send. Bless you!

    THOMAS: You are mist welcome. Rumi has so much to say! And he says it most beautifully. Bless you!

    MERLE: Thank you. There have been no new mice carcasses found around then house, so I suppose Alex the Mouse Hunter has not bagged a second mouse. No, my leg has not yet healed and getting around is more difficult each day. Thanks for asking. Bless you!

    SQUIRL: Yes, dear Squirl! Exactly! Bless you!

    MATT-MAN: Thank you and bless you!

    GRANNY: I thought so and I am happy to know it helped bring a joyous beginning to your day! Bless you!

    ABBEY: Thank you and bless you!

    SIMPLY CURIOUS: That’s an excellent question! I am ecumenical in my beliefs: if God is God than God cannot be contained by the dogma or confines of any religion or denomination. Bless you!

    SAINTSEESTER: Truly! Bless you!

  9. Fantastic words. Nick, I deeply appreciate your ecumenism.