Peace, one and all…
‘How faded and indistinct I am!
How will I see me as I am?
You told me, ‘Bring out the secrets’.
But just where is the out
in this in and out I’m in?
I am motion in quiesence.
How can my moving spirit be still?
Within itself my sea is drowned –
wondrous strange the shoreless sea I am.
Do not seek my here or my hereafter:
Neither is neither here nor there
in that world I am.
Like non-being, free from gain or loss,
a rarely balanced balance sheet I am.
‘Soul’, I said, ‘you are my essence’.
‘When I’m so obvious,’
it replied, ‘What essence am I?’
‘But you are it!’ I insisted,
and it replied, ‘Ha! Be silent!
The it I am won’t be spoken’.
I said, ‘If it won’t be spoken,
see the speech-less speaker I am’.
In self-effacement I was turning
into the footloose moon.
See the trackless sprinter I am.
The shout was heard, ‘Why do you run?’
Look how hidden in plain sight I am.
When I saw Shams-i Tabrizi –
peerless sea and mine and treasure I am’
Mevlana, Divan-i Kebir 4.1759, trans F. Lewis
And here is some beautiful ney music to listen to as we contemplate this ghazal together.