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Out in Empty Sky

If you catch a fragrance of the unseen, like that, you won't be able to be

contained. You'll be out in empty sky. Any beauty the world has, any desire,

will easily be yours. As you live deeper in the heart, the mirror gets

clearer and cleaner. Shams of Tabriz realized God in himself. When that

happens, you have no anxieties about losing anyone or anything. You break

the spells human difficulties cause. Interpretations come, hundreds, from

all the religious symbols and parables and prayers. You know what they mean,

when God lives through you like Shams.

Translated by Coleman Barks, from the book
The Glance

The Creation Of Adam

*When the Maker willed the birth of mankind into existence to see what he would do with good an devil, God commanded angel after angel to take a handful of clay from the earth as a deposit that would have to be returned. Each time the earth begged that this not be done, each time refusing God's emmissaries, for the earth know that she would not be ruled or honored or provioded for by any less than God Himself.

"Don't ask me again," said the earth to Azrael,
"Don't ask me to take on your quest.
I am slave to no one but Him,
The one who raised dust from the sea,
My ear is deaf to all words but His,
He is dearer to me than my own sweet soul,
The soul that came out from him,
I am deaf and dumb and blind to all but him,
For I am as the spear in his hand."

And so the clay was gathered by God Himself, and mankind was born by the will of God alone.

Translated by Philip Dunn, Manuela Dunn Mascetti and R.A. Nicholson, from the book
The Illustrated Rumi, A Treasury Of Wisdom from the Poet of the Soul

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