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  • casp321 casp321 Nov 20, 2012 9:47 AM Flag

    ON2 Shareholders: I want you know it too!

    This being human is a guest house.
    Every morning a new arrival.

    A joy, depression, a meanness,
    some momentary awareness comes
    as an unexpected visitor.

    Welcome and entertain them all!
    Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
    who violently sweep your house
    empty of its furniture,
    still, treat each guest honorably.
    He may be clearing you out
    for some new delight.

    The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
    meet them at the door laughing,
    and invite them in.

    Be grateful for whoever comes,
    because each has been sent
    as a guide from beyond.
    Rumi

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    • How shame one can not name? "A Star Without a Name" Always in my mind. Appreciated!

      Don’t cry: “Woe, parted!” at my burial—
      For me, this is the time of joyful meeting!
      Don’t say “Farewell” when I’m put in the grave—
      It is a curtain for eternal grace (Diwan-i, 911).

      Rumi

      A Star Without a Name

      When a baby is taken from the wet nurse,
      it easily forgets her
      and starts eating solid food.
      Seeds feed awhile on ground,
      then lift up into the sun.
      So you should taste the filtered light
      and work your way toward wisdom
      with no personal covering.
      That's how you came here, like a star
      without a name. Move across the night sky
      with those anonymous lights.

      Rumi

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      • You are drunk
        and i'm intoxicated
        no one is around
        showing us the way home
        Again and again
        i told you
        drink less
        a cup or two
        I know in this city
        no one is sober
        one is worse than the other
        one is frenzied and
        the other gone mad
        Come on my friend
        step into the tavern of ruins
        taste the sweetness of life
        in the company of another friend
        Here you'll see
        at every corner
        someone intoxicated
        and the cup-bearer
        makes her rounds
        I went out of my house
        a drunkard came to me
        someone whose glance
        uncovered a hundred
        houses in paradise
        rocking and rolling
        he was a sail
        with no anchor but
        he was the envy of all those sober ones
        remaining on the shore
        Where are you from i asked
        he smiled in mockery and said
        one half from the east
        one half from the west
        one half made of water and earth
        one half made of heart and soul
        one half staying at the shores and
        one half nesting in a pearl
        I begged
        take me as your friend
        i am your next of kin
        he said i recognize no kin
        among strangers
        I left my belongings and
        entered this tavern
        i only have a chest
        full of words
        but can't utter
        a single one
        ~ Rumi
        Ghazal 2309
        Translated by Nader Khalili
        Rumi, Fountain of Fire
        Cal-Earth, September 1994

 
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