Monday, January 3, 2011

Rumi: Love Dogs

Those who don't feel this Love
pulling them like a river,
those who don't drink dawn
like a cup of spring water
or take in sunset like supper,
those who don't want to change,
let them sleep.
-- Rumi

Today's guidance from The Rumi Card Book:

Category: Warning ... The mirror of the heart must be polished constantly before you can see clearly in it Good and Evil. Do not rely on your own judgment. Pray for guidance.
Category description from the book: "One of the essential features of a real seeker's life is to start humbly listening to the warnings--inner and outer--that the universe will always be trying to give to him or her. This takes true discrimination, what Jesus called "the wisdom of the Serpent," detachment from our own plans, and a constant willingness to listen to the often quiet and obvious instructions of the Divine."

"Love Dogs."

One night a man was crying Allah! Allah!
His lips grew sweet with praising,
until a cynic said, “So!
I’ve heard you calling our, but have you ever
gotten any response?”
The man had no answer to that.
He quit praying and fell into a confused sleep.
He dreamed he saw Khidr, the guide of souls,
in a thick, green foliage.
“Why did you stop praising?” “Because
I’ve never heard anything back.”
“This longing you express
is the return message.”
The grief you cry out from
draws you toward union.
Your pure sadness
that wants help
is the secret cup.
Listen to the moan of a dog for its master.
That whining is the connection.
There are love dogs
no one knows the names of.
Give your life
to be one of them.

Additional Resource: Rumi Days


  1. ooohhh.


    I love hearing him read, especially with the music -- wow!

    and what a perfect reading for me to encounter this morning from your cards.

    Thank you!

  2. Gives me goosebumps to listen to this, especially those last six lines.

  3. Extraordinary. That soft southern accent adds to the reading.