Monday, February 16, 2009

Poetry: Ibn Athaillah al-Sakandari

How utterly amazing is someone who flees from something he cannot escape
to seek something that will not last!

“It is not the eyes that are blind,
but the hearts in the breasts are blind.”

Do not travel from phenomenal being to phenomenal being.
You will be like the donkey going around at the mill.
It travels to what is set out from.

Travel from phenomenal beings
to the Maker of Being.

“And the final end is to your Lord.”

(Ibn Athaillah)