Merry Christmas from Bangkok

December 23, 2010

I wish all of you Merry Christmas. Hope you have a peaceful and relaxing time with family and friends.

Cheers everyone

I have a poem for you. It’s from my favourite poet, Jelaluddin Rumi or Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Balkhī (Persian: جلال‌الدین محمد بلخى) and popularly known as Mowlānā (Persian: مولانا). The poem goes like this:

Say I am You

I am dust particles in sunlight.
I am the round sun.
To the bits of dust I say, Stay.
To the sun, Keep moving.

I am the morning mist,
and the breathing of evening.
I am the wind in the top of a grove,
and surf on the cliff.

Mast, rudder, helmsman, and keel,
I am also the coral reef they founder on.
I am a tree with a trained parrot in its branches.
Silence, though, and voice.

The musical air coming through a flute,
a spark of a stone, a flickering
in metal. Both, candle
and the moth crazy around it.
Rose and the nightingale,
lost in the fragrance.

I am all orders of being, the circling galaxy,
the evolutionary intelligence, the lift,
and the falling away. What is,
and what isn’t.

You who know Jelaluddin, You the one in all, say who I am.
Say I am you.