Whoever planted this apple orchard
hid it in a mist of language, though some fragrance
comes through. Keep your nose subtle and clear for that.
Coarse companions can clog you with mucus, so that you
forget what's concealed in word-fog.
Husamuddin's sunlight helps, that
which burns in this book. There is a being named Quzuh,
familiar of cloud and rainbow, snow-moon and frozen
Leave Quzuh those coverings. Pierce
to the core that the seven blue spheres revolve around.
Venus touches her lute strings to lure out essence from
Jupiter lays down money. Saturn, even
he, bends to kiss the hand, "I'm not worthy."
Mars cuts himself sharpening his
sword. Astrologers study the stars as they die out.
Philosophers talk about "thought," but what does that
poets make metaphors. Sensualists
order dessert. Bread dissolves in the belly. Every face
lifts toward light. As minerals move in plants, as
animals drink from the wet grass, Khidr leans to the
wisdom spring; another being sets down his load
lightheartedly with the Friend; life never ends.
Mathnawi VI: 84-128
Version by Coleman Barks
"The Soul of Rumi"
These are lies!
"The King of Love will turn from His lovers." - Lies!
They say, "The darkness will never turn to dawn." -
They say, "Do not sacrifice your life for love's sake.
When the body dies, you will die." - Lies!
They say, "You can go beyond the cycle of time
but your soul can travel no further." - Lies!
People who are caught in their own vanity say,
"The lives of the prophets are nothing but fairy tales."
People who have lost their way say,
"The servant can never reach God." - Lies!
"The Knower of Secrets does not tell His
servants all the mysteries of the Unseen." - Lies!
"He does not reveal the heart's innermost secrets.
He does not lift His servants up to heaven." - Lies!
They say, "One who is born of Earth
will never join the angels of heaven." - Lies!
They say, "The Sun of God does not fill this whole
He misses a few atoms." - Lies!
Now go to that inner stillness.
Some say, "You will not hear the voice of God there." -
-- Version by Jonathan Star
"Rumi - In the Arms of the Beloved "
Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, New York 1997
They say, "The king of love is not faithful." Lies! They
"Your night will never have a dawn." Lies!
They say, "Why do you slay yourself for love's sake?
no survival after the body's death." Lies!
They say, "Your tears shed in love are vain; once the
closed, there will be no encounter." Lies!
They say, "When we have gone outside the cycle of time,
beyond this soul of ours will not travel." Lies!
Those persons who have not escaped from fancy say, "The
stories of the prophets were all mere fancies." Lies!
Those persons who have not gone on the right way say,
servant has no way to come to God." Lies!
They say, "He who knows all secrets tells not the
secrets and mysteries of the Unseen without
They say, "They open not to the servant the heart's
He does not graciously carry the servant up to heaven."
They say, "That one who has earth in his composition
never be familiar with the heavenly host." Lies!
They say, "The ' pure soul will never fly on the wings
out of this earthly nest to the free air." Lies!
They say, "that sun of God will never bring retribution
the several atoms' weight of evil and good of men."
Keep silent from speaking; and if anyone says to you,
has no other expression but letters and sounds" -- Lies!
Translation by A. J. Arberry
"Mystical Poems of Rumi 1"
The University of Chicago Press, 1968