Rumi/Unless You Lose Your Own

“Dam the torrent of ecstacy when it runs in flood, so that it won’t bring shame and ruin.

But why should I fear ruin.

Under the ruin waits a royal treasure.

He that is drowned in God wishes to be more drowned.

While his spirit is tossed up and down by the waves of the sea, he asks,

“Is the bottom of the sea more delightful, or the top?

Is the Beloved’s arrow more fascinating, or the shield?”

O heart, if you recognize any difference between joy and sorrow,

these lies will tear you apart.

Although your desire tastes sweet,

doesn’t the Beloved desire you to be desire less?

The life of lovers is in death:

you will not win the Beloved’s heart unless you lose your own.”


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