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JELALUDDIN RUMI
(1207 – 1273)

I've said before that every craftsman
searches for what's not there
to practice his craft.

A builder looks for the rotten hole
where the roof caved in.  A water carrier
picks the empty pot.  A carpenter
stops at the house with no door.

Workers rush toward some hint
of emptiness, which they then
start to fill.  Their hope, though,
is for emptiness, so don't think
you must avoid it.  
It contains what you need!
Dear soul, if you were not friends
with the vast nothing inside,
why would you always be casting your net
into it, and waiting so patiently?

This invisible ocean has given you such abundance,
but still you call it ‘death,’
that which provides you sustenance and work….

This is how strange your fear of death
and emptiness is, and how perverse
the attachment to what you want.

 

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In their many different idioms the classical spiritual writers have attempted to throw light on the eternal question of union with God. 
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