Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wedding Night

On December 17th, 1273 AD, Mevlana Jalal al-din
Rumi died at Konya, Turkey.
The 17th of December is thus
called Sheb-i Arus, meaning "Bride's
Night" or `
"Nuptial Night" or "Wedding Night," because of the
union of
Mevlana with God. As Rumi's epitaph
"When we are dead, seek not our tomb in the
but find it in the hearts of men."

O my noble friends, slaughter this cow,
if you wish to raise up the spirit of insight.
I died to being mineral and growth began.
I died to vegetable growth and attained to the state of animals.
I died from animality and became Adam:
why then should I fear?
When have I become less by dying?
Next I shall die to being a human being,
so that I may soar and lift up my head among the angels.
Yet I must escape even from that angelic state:
everything is perishing except His Face.
Once again I shall be sacrificed, dying to the angelic;
I shall become that which could never be imagined -
I shall become nonexistent.
Nonexistence sings its clear melody,
Truly, unto Him shall we return!
- - from the Mathnawi, Book III,
verses 3501 - 3506, in a translation by Professor
William Chittick

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