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Rumi on Fasting

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

In the name of God, Compassionate, Merciful بسم الله الرحمن الرحيمِ | Peace be with you السلام عليكم

In the name of God, compassionate & merciful بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ | Peace be with you السلام عليكم


There’s hidden sweetness in the stomach’s emptiness.
We are lutes, no more, no less.
If the soundbox
is stuffed full of anything, no music.
If the brain and belly are burning clean
with fasting,
every moment a new song comes out of the fire.

The fog clears, and new energy makes you

run up the steps in front of you.


Be emptier and cry like reed instruments cry.

Emptier, write secrets with the reed pen.

When you’re full of food and drink,
Satan sits
where your spirit should,
an ugly metal statue
in place of the Kaaba.
When you fast,

good habits gather like friends who want to help.


Fasting is Solomon’s ring.
Don’t give in
to some illusion and lose your power,
but even if you have, if you’ve lost all will and control,
they come back when you fast, like soldiers appearing
out of the ground, pennants flying above them.
A table descends to your tents, Jesus’ table.
Expect to see it, when you fast, this table

spread with other food, better than the broth of cabbages.


By Jelaluddin Rumi

Trans. Coleman Barks

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