THE INSATIABLE SOUL

The animal soul has given birth to all the fetishes. 

A fetish made of wood is a little like a garter snake,

But a fetish made of energy is closer to a dragon. 

 

To snap a wooden idol in two is extremely easy;

But to break a dragon is a task beyond our power. 

 

My friend, if you’re interested in the character of the insatiable soul,

Read an account of the seven gates of Hell. 

 

Cunning evasions flow out of the insatiable soul

In every breath we take, and in that breath-stream

A hundred Pharaohs and all their armies could drown.

 

Rumi

(translated by Robert Bly)

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