8/20/2005

RABIA of BASRA (c. 717-801): In My Soul

"In my soul

there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque, a church

where I kneel.

Prayer should bring us to an altar where no walls or names exist.

Is there not a region of love where the sovereignty is illumined nothing,

where ecstasy gets poured into itself and becomes lost,

where the wing is fully alive

but has no mind or body?

In my soul,

there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque, a church

that dissolve, that dissolve in God."

from Love Poems From God, translated by Daniel Ladinsky

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