Exordium: The song of the reed-

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Unchain yourself, my son, escape its hold!

How long will you remain a slave of gold?

You’ve tried to fit inside a jug the sea-

It only has a day’s capacity:

A greedy eye is never satisfied,

Shells only when content grow pearls inside,

While men whose clothes are ripped to shreds by love

Are cleansed of greed like this to rise above.

Be joyful, love, out sweetest bliss you,

Physician for all kinds of ailments too,

The cure for our conceit and stubborn pride

Like Plato here with Galen*, side by side;

Through love the earthly form soars heavenward,

the mountain dances nimbly like a bird:

Love wants its tale revealed to everyone,

But your heart’s mirror won’t reflect this sun,

Don’t you know why we can’t perceive it here?

Your mirror’s face is rusty– scrape it clear!

 

Pieces from the poem of Mevlana Cellalledin Rumi- The Masnavi, book one.

*Galen is a well known metapysician known as one of the pioneers of Greek medicine. 

Plato was a Greek philosopher and therefore known as a mystic and metapysician.

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