TO FIND YOUR REAL NAME

It’s a habit of yours to walk slowly.

You hold a grudge for years.

With such heaviness, how can you be modest?

With such attachments, do you expect to arrive anywhere?

 

Be wide as the air to learn a secret.

Right now you’re equal portions clay

and water, thick mud.

 

Abraham learned how the sun and moon and the stars all set.

He said, “No longer will I try to assign partners for God.”

 

You are so weak.  Give up to grace.

The ocean takes care of each wave

till it gets to shore.

You need more help than you know.

You’re trying to live your life in open scaffolding.

Say Bismillah, In the name of God,

as the priest does with a knife when he offers an animal.

 

Bismillah your old self

to find your real name.

 

Rumi

(translated by Coleman Barks)

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