From the Large Jug, Drink
From the large jug, drink the wine of Unity,
that from your heart you can wash away the futility of life’s grief.
But like this large jug, still keep the heart expansive.
Why would you want to keep the heart captive,
like an unopened bottle
With your mouth full of wine, you are selfless
And will never boast of your own abilities again.
Be like the humble stone at your feet rather
than striving to be like a Sublime cloud:
the more you mix colors of deceit,
the more colorless your ragged wet coat will get.
Connect the heart to the wine,
so that it has body,
Then cut off the neck of hypocrisy and piety of this new man.
Be like Hafiz:
Get up and make an effort.
Don’t lie around like a bum.
He who throws himself at the Beloved’s feet is like a workhorse
will be rewarded with boundless pastures and eternal rest.
― شمس الدین محمد حافظ /
Shams-al-Din Mohammad Hafez,
(1325 – 1389 )
From: Drunk on the Wine of the Beloved
Translated by Thomas Rain Crowe
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