In Sufism, it is love that guides and paves the seekers’ path to union with God.
Through the intoxication of love, Sufis learn to let go of their ego and open their heart to the truth that binds all creation. In reaching for the essential nature of this divine love, the Sufi poets evade fixed ideas, embrace paradox and turn to intricate metaphor and allegory that ring more truthful that the everyday reality that blinds us to the ineffable experience of love and the divine.
Sufi poetry is delivered in song, music, written and spoken form in cultures across the world. The Persian poets Rumi, Hafiz, Abu Sa’id Abu-l-Khair, Farid al-Dun Attar, Iraqi are still as relevant today as they were when they were originally penned, speaking directly to the heart of the seekers and lovers everywhere. Here we offer a selection from the Sufi poetry canon.
A Sufi Poem by Maghrebi from the From Divan-i Meghrebi
Smash the jug;
you’re the water, not the jug.
Let go of yourself;
you are the ocean,
not the stream.
Take a journey beyond your self;
you will see Oneness.
Leave behind “I” and “you”;
you will see you are Him.
How long do you continue to travel around the world?
Start your journey from your self,
and travel within.
Though you have been a seeker for years,
you have never sought Him
Take a step beyond your self,
and you will find the crown of spiritual poverty
on your head.
How could you travel towards His District?
You are still a child chasing the bat and the ball.
Become polished like a mirror
to reflect the Friend;
don’t be a hypocrite with two sides,
like a piece of paper,
Oh Meghrebi, you will not gain the bounty of His union
until you let go of your self,