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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

OK, this poem simply burst into my heart this morning, begging to be shared...and so here it all its outrageousness. Sufi poetry (Hafiz, Rumi, Kabir, etc.) is not for everyone, but oh how it resonates with my heart and soul.

Hafiz is Sufi, the mystical arm of Islam which is universal in nature, those crazy-wisdom teachers, including the whirling dervishes. Remembrance of the Divine is the most basic teaching and practice of Sufism.

I have a deep *knowingness* that if I can somehow intuitively learn to move to a rhythm closer to the pulsing of the universe, my mind and body and spirit will align with it and I will be healthy and at peace in all ways in spite of outer circumstances. Ahhhhhhhhhhh....


The stars poured into the sky
Out of a Magician's hat last night,
And all of them have fallen into my hair.
Some have even tangled my eyelashes
Into luminous, playful knots.

You are welcome to cut a radiant tress
That lays upon my shoulders.
Wrap it around your trembling heart and body
That craves divine comfort and warmth.
I am like a pitcher of milk
In the hands of a mother who loves you.

All of my contents now
Have been churned into dancing suns and moons.

Lean your sweet neck and mouth
Out of that dark nest where you hide,
I will pour effulgence into your mind.

Come spring
You can find me rolling in the fields
They are exploding in
Holy battles

Of scents, of sounds - everything is
A brilliant colored nova on a stem.

Forest animals hear me laughing
And surrender their deepest instincts and fears,

They come charging into meadows
To lick my hands and face,

This makes me so happy,
I become so happy

That my rising wink turns into a magic baton.
When my soft-eyed creatures see that wonderful signal
We all burst into singing

And make strange and primal beautiful sounds!

My only regret in this world then becomes:

That your shyness keeps you from placing
Your starving body against God

And seeing the Beloved become so pleased
With your courage

That his belly begins to rock and rock,
Then more planets get to leap
Onto the welcome mat of existence
All because
Of your previous love.

The Friend has turned my verse into sacred pollen.
When a breeze comes by

Falcons and butterflies
And playful gangs of young angels
Mounted on emerald spears

Take flight from me like a great sandstorm
That can blind you to all but the Truth!

Dear one
Even if you have no net to catch Venus
My music will circle this earth for hundreds of years
And fall like resplendent debris,
Holy seed, onto a fertile woman.

For Hafiz
Wants to help you laugh at your every

Wants you to know

Your life within God's arms,
Your dance within God's

Is already


-- Hafiz
(The Gift -- versions of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky)

And for those interested:

The whirling dervish is a mystical dancer who stands between the material and cosmic worlds. His dance is part of a sacred ceremony in which the dervish rotates in a precise rhythm. He represents the earth revolving on its axis while orbiting the sun. The purpose of the ritual whirling is for the dervish to empty himself of all distracting thoughts, placing him in trance; released from his body he conquers dizziness.
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    You rawk my world Maha ;-)

    Thanks for being you!

    ChiTown Jeff
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    PS...saw whirling dervishes this summer at Navy Pier in Chicago...had no idea!
    3122 days ago
    Wow, Maha. I had to sit down for that one 'cause I didn't conquer the dizziness that poem brought on!

    Thank you!
    3123 days ago
    How can anybody not enjoy this? I LOVE the concept of the whirling dervish. I had learned about this before, but it was buried somewhere deep in my brain (as are many things these days), to be brought forth again by this blog!


    3123 days ago
    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! Your choice of photos was PERFECT. Divine Order is certainly alive and well in your life.

    Thanks for sharing!!


    3123 days ago
    Maha you are amazing.

    Your blogs always seem to touch me in the most profound way. As a child I used to love to twirl and someone referred to me as a "whirling dervish". Thanks for the memory and for the beautiful poetry!

    Peace, blessings, and love to you, Elaine
    3123 days ago
    Beautiful...absolutely! Thanks for sharing. emoticon
    3124 days ago
    I love this...I need to learn more about the dancing dervish...I need to conquer the world's dizziness...yes I do! emoticon emoticon emoticon for sharing this dear is amazing to say the least!
    3124 days ago
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