Rumi, O lover, be mindless… Become mad…

Put aside your clever schemes!
O lover, be mindless! Become mad!
Dive into the heart of the flame!
Become fearless! Be like a moth!

Turn away from the self
and tear down the house!
Then, come and dwell in the house of love!
Be a lover! Live with lovers!

Clean your chest from all hostility.
Wash it seven times.
Then, fill it with the wine of love!
Be a chalice for love! Be a chalice!

You must be all love
to be worthy of the beloved.
When going to the gathering of drunks,
be a drunk! Become drunk!

The earring of the lovely ones
is intimate with beauty!
If you long for love’s intimacy,
be a precious pearl. Be a pearl!

If your soul is lifted to heaven
when you hear this song,
dissolve in the melody of love.
Be a love song! Be a song!

Don’t dread the darkness of denial.
Be the radiance of creative power.
Be the light! Be a haven of the spirit!
Be a haven of light! Be a haven!

Your thought takes a course
dragging you in its wake.
Move beyond thought!
Let your heart lead! Be the leader!

Passion and caprice
are locks leashing our hearts.
Become the key to the locks!
Open your heart! Be the key!

The light of the Chosen One
made a pillar moan!
You are surely more than a post!
Yearn for love! Be the moaning!

Solomon tells us
to listen to the birds singing,
“Don’t be a trap to scare us away.”
Be the one who nestles! Be a nest!

When the grace of love is revealed,
be a mirror to reflect it.
When the beloved’s hair is loosened,
brush it like a comb! Be a comb!

Don’t move two-sided like a rook!
Don’t travel bit by bit like a pawn!
Don’t move every direction like a queen!
Be the master of the game! Be a master!

You gave away your vanity and wealth
to gain the approval of love!
Put those aside and give your self!
Sacrifice for love! Be gratitude!

Once you were the four elements!
Later you became an animal.
Now you are a lover!
Become all love! Be the beloved!

How long will you continue
to deliver words at the door?
Come in the house and close your mouth!
Don’t wag your jaw! Be silent!

~ Rumi
Divan of Shams
Poem 2131
From Rumi: The Alchemy of Transformation
painting by Rassouli

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