“…we are all travelers…”

Words of peace, beauty and truth by a Muslim Sufi poet to connect us to the fullness of summer and quiet the voices of fear and hatred that would stir at the news of another shooting:

Oh, my friend:
Love makes the world of creation a possibility
and the ecstasy of ascension a will.
Look around yourself and see a universe saturated by the fragrance of love.

If there was no love and the endurance for such longing, then who could
beautify words
into majestic melodies?

If there was no breeze to gracefully caress the
hair of the beloved, then how could the lover
see the revealing face of the beloved?
Such longing is to gracefully return to the
Provider, in the state of perfection.

Oh, my friend:
do not become a slave of worship, but
understand the meaning of worship;
understand the meaning of Divine, Allah,
and practice to be pious and peaceful;
become a true human being, as becoming a
true human being is the key to salvation.

Oh, my friend:
if you have chosen an inner path, remember
that we all are travelers, our moments are
passing and we are passing with them.

Your wealth will not remain forever and your
pain will not last, so do not become a slave to
your wealth nor to your pain.

If you are a person of an inner path,then you
are a person of peace, so make peace with
yourself and your surroundings.

– Ezzeddin Nasafi, 13th century Persian Sufi poet


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