A Mystery of Light

29 Oct

Don’t be sad any longer, your sadness is blasphemy,
Blasphemy against the Hand of Splendor pouring you joy…
Why batter your head forever against the jail wall?
Look, the door has swung open to a rose garden
A mystery of Light is melting the barred windows.
Why go on gaping and slavering like a whore
At the fading paintings on the bathhouse wall?

– Jalal-ud-Din Rumi
(Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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