I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was.
Lovers don't finally meet somewhere,
they're in each other all along.
From Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks translator
As regards feeling pain, like a hand cut in battle,
consider the body a robe you wear.
When you meet someone you love, do you kiss their clothes?
Search out who's inside. Union with God is sweeter than body comforts.
We have hands and feet different from these.
Sometimes in a dream we see them.
That is not illusion. It is seeing truely.
You do have a spirit body; don't dread leaving the physical one.
Sometimes, someone feels this truth so strongly
that he or she can live in mountain solitude totally refreshed.
The worried heroic doings of men and women seem weary and futile
to dervishes enjoying the light breeze of spirit.
From Soul of Rumi by Coleman Barks
Birdsong brings relief to my longing.
I'm just as ecstatic as they are,
but with nothing to say!
Please Universal Soul,
practice some song or something through me.
From Essential Rumi by Coleman Barks