• Saptapadi (Seven Steps) 01

    Let us take the first step to provide for our household a nourishing and pure diet, avoiding those foods injurious to healthy living.

    Let us take the second step to develop physical, mental, and spiritual powers.

    Let us take the third step to increase our wealth by righteous means and proper use.

    Let us take the fourth step to acquire knowledge, happiness, and harmony by mutual love and trust.

    Let us take the fifth step so that we are blessed with strong, virtuous, and heroic children.

    Let us take the sixth step for self-restraint and longevity.

    Finally, let us take the seventh step and be true companions and remain lifelong partners by this wedlock.

    Now let us make a vow together. We shall share love, share the same food, share our strengths, share the same tastes. We shall be of one mind, we shall observe the vows together. I shall be the Samaveda, you the Rigveda, I shall be the Upper World, you the Earth; I shall be the Sukhilam, you the Holder - together we shall live and beget children, and other riches; come thou, O sweet-worded girl!
  • Saptapadi (Seven Steps) 02

    Let us live with honor and respect.
    Let us walk together so we get food.

    Let us be happy and enjoy life.
    Let us walk together so we get strength.

    Let us share joys and pains together.
    Let us walk together so we get wealth.

    Let us not forget parents and elders.
    Let us walk together so we get happiness.

    Let us observe all acts of charity.
    Let us walk together so we have family.

    Let us live long and peaceful life.
    Let us walk together so we have joy.

    Let us be friends with love and sacrifice.
    Let us walk together so we have friendship.

    Now let us make a vow together. We shall share love, share the same food, share our strengths, share the same tastes. We shall be of one mind, we shall observe the vows together. I shall be the Samaveda, you the Rigveda, I shall be the Upper World, you the Earth; I shall be the Sukhilam, you the Holder - together we shall live and beget children, and other riches; come thou, O sweet-worded girl!
  • Saptapadi (Seven Steps) 03

    Groom, Step 1:
    O' my beloved, our love has become firm by your walking one with me. Together we will share the responsibilities of the lodge, food and children. May the Creator bless noble children to share. May they live long.

    Bride, Step 1:
    This is my commitment to you, my husband. Together we will share the responsibility of the home, food and children. I promise that I shall discharge all my share of the responsibilities for the welfare of the family and the children.

    Groom, Step 2:
    O' my beloved, now you have walked with me the second step. May the Creator bless you. I will love you and you alone as my wife. I will fill your heart with strength and courage: this is my commitment and my pledge to you. May God protect the lodge and children.

    Bride, Step 2:
    My husband, at all times I shall fill your heart with courage and strength. In your happiness I shall rejoice. May God bless you and our honorable lodge.

    Groom, Step 3:
    O' my beloved, now since you have walked three steps with me, our wealth and prosperity will grow. May God bless us. May we educate our children and may they live long.

    Bride, Step 3:
    My husband, I love you with single-minded devotion as my husband. I will treat all other men as my brothers. My devotion to you is pure and you are my joy. This is my commitment and pledge to you.

    Groom, Step 4:
    O' my beloved, it is a great blessing that you have now walked four steps with me. May the Creator bless you. You have brought favor and sacredness in my life.

    Bride, Step 4:
    O' my husband, in all acts of righteousness, in material prosperity, in every form of enjoyment, and in those divine acts such as fire sacrifice, worship and charity, I promise you that I shall participate and I will always be with you.

    Groom, Step 5:
    O' my beloved, now you have walked five steps with me. May the Creator make us prosperous. May the Creator bless us.

    Bride, Step 5:
    O' my husband, I will share both in your joys and sorrows. Your love will make me very happy.

    Groom, Step 6:
    O' my beloved, by walking six steps with me, you have filled my heart with happiness. May I fill your heart with great joy and peace, time and time again. May the Creator bless you.

    Bride, Step 6:
    My husband, the Creator blesses you. May I fill your heart with great joy and peace. I promise that I will always be with you.

    Groom, Step 7:
    O' my beloved goddess, as you have walked the seven steps with me, our love and friendship have become inseparable and firm. We have experienced spiritual union in God. Now you have become completely mine. I offer my total self to you. May our marriage last forever.

    Bride, Step 7:
    My husband, by the law of the Creator, and the spirits of our honorable ancestors, I have become your wife. Whatever promises I gave you I have spoken them with a pure heart. All the spirits are witnesses to this fact. I shall never deceive you, nor will I let you down. I shall love you forever.

    We have taken the Seven Steps. You have become mine forever. Yes, we have become partners. I have become yours. Hereafter, I cannot live without you. Do not live without me. Let us share the joys. We are word and meaning, united. You are thought and I am sound. May the night be honey-sweet for us. May the morning be honey-sweet for us. May the earth be honey-sweet for us. May the heavens be honey-sweet for us. May the plants be honey-sweet for us. May the sun be all honey for us. May the cows yield us honey-sweet milk. As the heavens are stable, as the earth is stable, as the mountains are stable, as the whole universe is stable, so may our union be permanently settled.
  • Saptapadi (Seven Steps) 04

    Let us take the first step to provide for our household
    a nourishing and pure diet, avoiding those foods injurious to healthy living.
    Let us take the second step to develop physical, mental and spiritual powers.
    Let us take the third step to increase our wealth
    by righteous means and proper use.
    Let us take the fourth step to acquire knowledge,
    happiness and harmony by mutual love and trust.
    Let us take the fifth step, so that we be blessed
    with strong, virtuous and heroic children.
    Let us take the sixth step for self-restraint and longevity.
    Finally, let us take the seventh step and be true companions
    and remain lifelong partners by this wedlock."

    We have taken the Seven Steps. You have become mine forever.
    Yes, we have become partners. I have become yours.
    Hereafter, I cannot live without you.
    Do not live without me. Let us share the joys.
    We are word and meaning, united.
    You are thought and I am sound. May the night be honey-sweet for us;
    may the morning be honey-sweet for us;
    may the earth be honey-sweet for us and the heavens
    be honey-sweet for us. May the plants be honey-sweet for us;
    may the sun be all honey for us;
    may the cows yield us honey-sweet milk.
    As the heavens are stable, as the earth is stable,
    as the mountains are stable, as the whole universe is stable,
    so may our unions be permanently settled.

    We have taken the Seven Steps. You have become mine forever. Yes, we have become partners. I have become yours. Hereafter, I cannot live without you. Do not live without me. Let us share the joys. We are word and meaning, united. You are thought and I am sound. May the night be honey-sweet for us. May the morning be honey-sweet for us. May the earth be honey-sweet for us. May the heavens be honey-sweet for us. May the plants be honey-sweet for us. May the sun be all honey for us. May the cows yield us honey-sweet milk. As the heavens are stable, as the earth is stable, as the mountains are stable, as the whole universe is stable, so may our union be permanently settled.
  • Prayer to Lord Vishnu

    After crossing seven steps with me thus, you should become my friend. I too have become your friend now. I will never discard this friendship and you should also not do that. Let us be together always. Let us resolve to do things in life in the same manner and tread the same path. Let us lead a life by liking and loving each other, having good hearts and thoughts, and enjoying the food and our strong points together. Let us have undivided opinions. We will perform the vrithas united. Let us have same and joint desires. I will be Sama; you will be Rig. Let me be the Heaven; you be the Earth. Let me be the Shukla and you be its wearer. Let me be the mind and you its spokesman. With these qualities, you be my follower. You the sweet tongued, come to me to get good male children and wealth.
  • Hindu Marriage Poem

    You have become mine forever.
    Yes, we have become partners.
    I have become yours.
    Hereafter, I cannot live without you.
    Do not live without me.
    Let us share the joys.
    We are word and meaning, unite.
    You are thought and I am sound.

    May the nights be honey-sweet for us.
    May the mornings be honey-sweet for us.
    May the plants be honey-sweet for us.
    May the earth be honey-sweet for us.
  • Isha Upanishad - Verses 6-8

    Whoever sees all beings in the soul and the soul in all beings...
    What delusion or sorrow is there for one who sees unity?
    It has filled all. It is radiant, incorporeal, invulnerable...
    Wise, intelligent, encompassing, self-existent,
    It organizes objects throughout eternity.
  • Aitareya Upanishad - Invocation

    May my speech be fixed in my mind, may my mind be fixed in my speech! O self—luminous Brahman, be manifested to me. O mind and speech, may you bring me the meaning of the Vedas! May what I study from the Vedas not leave me! I shall unite day and night through this study. I shall think of the right; I shall speak the right. May Brahman protect me, may Brahman protect the teacher! May Brahman protect me, may Brahman protect the teacher! Om. Peace! Peace! Peace!
  • Brihadaranyka Upanishad - Invocation

    Om. That is full; this is full. This fullness has been projected from that fullness. When this fullness merges in that fullness, all that remains is fullness.
    Om. Peace! Peace! Peace!
  • Taittiriya Upanishad - Invocation

    Om! May He protect us both together; may He nourish us both together;
    May we work conjointly with great energy,
    May our study be vigorous and effective;
    May we not mutually dispute (or may we not hate any).
    Om ! Let there be Peace in me!
    Let there be Peace in my environment!
    Let there be Peace in the forces that act on me!
  • Svetasvatara Upanishad - Invocation

    That is full; this is full. This fullness has been projected from that fullness. When this fullness merges in that fullness, all that remains is fullness. Om. Peace! Peace! Peace!
  • Prasna Upanishad - Invocation

    Om. May we, O gods, hear with our ears what is auspicious! May we, O worshipful gods, see with our eyes what is good! May we, strong in limbs and body, sing your praise and enjoy the life allotted to us by Prajapati! Om. Peace! Peace! Peace!
  • Mundaka Upanishad - Invocation

    Om. May we, O gods, hear with our ears what is auspicious! May we, O worshipful gods, see with our eyes what is good! May we, strong in limbs and body, sing your praise and enjoy the life allotted to us by Prajapati!
    Om. Peace! Peace! Peace!
  • Kena Upanishad - Invocation

    Invocation Om. May Brahman protect us both (the preceptor and the disciple)! May Brahman bestow upon us both the fruit of Knowledge! May we both obtain the energy to acquire Knowledge! May what we both study reveal the Truth! May we cherish no ill feeling toward each other!
    Om. Peace! Peace! Peace!
  • Katha Upanishad - Invocation

    Om. May Brahman protect us both! May Brahman bestow upon us both the fruit of Knowledge! May we both obtain the energy to acquire Knowledge! May what we both study reveal the Truth! May we cherish no ill feeling toward each other!
    Om. Peace! Peace! Peace!
  • The Peace Chant

    Om. That is full; this is full. This fullness has been projected from that fullness. When this fullness merges in that fullness, all that remains is fullness.
    Om. Peace! Peace! Peace!
  • The Essence of the Vedas

    Live in the spirit of the teachings of the Vedas. Learn to discriminate between the permanent and the impermanent. Behold the Self in all beings, in all objects. Names and forms are illusory. Therefore sublate them. Feel that there is nothing but the Self. Share what you have,-physical, mental, moral or spiritual,-with all. Serve the Self in all. Feel when you serve others, that you are serving your own Self. Love thy neighbor as thyself. Melt all illusory differences. Remove all barriers that separate man from man. Mix with all. Embrace all. Destroy the sex-idea and body-idea by constantly thinking of the Self or the sexless, bodiless Atman. Fix the mind on the Self when you work. This is the essence of the teachings of the Vedas and sages of yore. This is real, eternal life in Atman. Put these things in practice in the daily battle of life. You will shine as a dynamic Yogi or a Jivanmukta. There is no doubt of this.
  • The Poet's Love-Song

    by Sarojini Naidu
    In noon-tide hours, O Love, secure and strong,
    I need thee not; mad dreams are mine to bind
    The world to my desire, and hold the wind
    A voiceless captive to my conquering song.
    I need thee not, I am content with these:
    Keep silence in thy soul, beyond the seas!

    But in the desolate hour of midnight, when
    An ecstasy of starry silence sleeps
    And my soul hungers for thy voice, O then,
    Love, like the magic of wild melodies,
    Let thy soul answer mine across the seas.
  • Ecstasy

    by Sarojini Naidu
    Cover mine eyes, O my Love!
    Mine eyes that are weary of bliss
    As of light that is poignant and strong
    O silence my lips with a kiss,
    My lips that are weary of song!
    Shelter my soul, O my love!
    My soul is bent low with the pain
    And the burden of love, like the grace
    Of a flower that is smitten with rain:
    O shelter my soul from thy face!
  • Autumn Song

    by Sarojini Naidu
    Like a joy on the heart of a sorrow,
    The sunset hangs on a cloud;
    A golden storm of glittering sheaves,
    Of fair and frail and fluttering leaves,
    The wild wind blows in a cloud.
    Hark to a voice that is calling
    To my heart in the voice of the wind:
    My heart is weary and sad and alone,
    For its dreams like the fluttering leaves have gone, And why should I stay behind?
  • An Indian Love Song

    by Sarojini Naidu
    He
    Lift up the veils that darken the delicate moon
    of thy glory and grace,
    Withhold not, O love, from the night
    of my longing the joy of thy luminous face,
    Give me a spear of the scented keora
    guarding thy pinioned curls,
    Or a silken thread from the fringes
    that trouble the dream of thy glimmering pearls;
    Faint grows my soul with thy tresses' perfume
    and the song of thy anklets' caprice,
    Revive me, I pray, with the magical nectar
    that dwells in the flower of thy kiss.

    She
    How shall I yield to the voice of thy pleading,
    how shall I grant thy prayer,
    Or give thee a rose-red silken tassel,
    a scented leaf from my hair?
    Or fling in the flame of thy heart's desire the veils that cover my face,
    Profane the law of my father's creed for a foe
    of my father's race?
    Thy kinsmen have broken our sacred altars and slaughtered our sacred kine,
    The feud of old faiths and the blood of old battles sever thy people and mine.

    He
    What are the sins of my race, Beloved,
    what are my people to thee?
    And what are thy shrines, and kine and kindred,
    what are thy gods to me?
    Love reeks not of feuds and bitter follies,
    of stranger, comrade or kin,
    Alike in his ear sound the temple bells
    and the cry of the muezzin.
    For Love shall cancel the ancient wrong
    and conquer the ancient rage,
    Redeem with his tears the memoried sorrow
    that sullied a bygone age.
  • A Love Song from the North

    by Sarojini Naidu
    Tell me no more of thy love, papeeha,
    Wouldst thou recall to my heart, papeeha,
    Dreams of delight that are gone,
    When swift to my side came the feet of my lover
    With stars of the dusk and the dawn?
    I see the soft wings of the clouds on the river,
    And jeweled with raindrops the mango-leaves quiver,
    And tender boughs flower on the plain.....
    But what is their beauty to me, papeeha,
    Beauty of blossom and shower, papeeha,
    That brings not my lover again?
    Tell me no more of thy love, papeeha,
    Wouldst thou revive in my heart, papeeha
    Grief for the joy that is gone?
    I hear the bright peacock in glimmering woodlands
    Cry to its mate in the dawn;
    I hear the black koel's slow, tremulous wooing,
    And sweet in the gardens the calling and cooing
    Of passionate bulbul and dove....
    But what is their music to me, papeeha
    Songs of their laughter and love, papeeha,
    To me, forsaken of love?

    The papeeha is a bird that wings into the northern plains of India in the mango season, and calls " 'Pi-kahan, Pi-kahan' - Where is my love?"
  • A Rajput Love Song

    by Sarojini Naidu
    (Parvati at her lattice)
    O Love! were you a basil-wreath to twine
    among my tresses,
    A jewelled clasp of shining gold to bind around my sleeve,
    O Love! were you the keora's soul that haunts
    my silken raiment,
    A bright, vermilion tassel in the girdles that I weave;

    O Love! were you the scented fan
    that lies upon my pillow,
    A sandal lute, or silver lamp that burns before my shrine,
    Why should I fear the jealous dawn
    that spreads with cruel laughter,
    Sad veils of separation between your face and mine?

    Haste, O wild-bee hours, to the gardens of the sun set!
    Fly, wild-parrot day, to the orchards of the west!
    Come, O tender night, with your sweet,
    consoling darkness,
    And bring me my Beloved to the shelter of my breast!

    (Amar Singh in the saddle)
    O Love! were you the hooded hawk upon my hand
    that flutters,
    Its collar-band of gleaming bells atinkle as I ride,
    O Love! were you a turban-spray or
    floating heron-feather,
    The radiant, swift, unconquered sword
    that swingeth at my side;

    O Love! were you a shield against the
    arrows of my foemen,
    An amulet of jade against the perils of the way,
    How should the drum-beats of the dawn
    divide me from your bosom,
    Or the union of the midnight be ended with the day?

    Haste, O wild-deer hours, to the meadows of the sunset!
    Fly, wild stallion day, to the pastures of the west!
    Come, O tranquil night, with your soft,
    consenting darkness,
    And bear me to the fragrance of my Beloved's breast!
  • Oh Love

    by Rumi
    O Love, O pure deep Love, be here, be now,
    Be all - worlds dissolve into your
    stainless endless radiance,
    Frail living leaves burn with your brighter
    than cold stares -
    Make me your servant, your breath, your core.
  • Draw it Now from Eternity's Jar

    by Rumi
    Come, come, awaken all true drunkards!
    Pour the wine that is Life itself!
    O' cup bearer of the Eternal Wine,
    Draw it now from Eternity’s Jar!
    This wine doesn’t run down the throat
    But it looses torrents of words!
    Cup bearer, make my soul fragrant as musk,
    This noble soul of mine that knows the Invisible!
    Pour out the wine for the morning drinkers!
    Pour them this subtle and priceless musk!
    Pass it around to everyone in the assembly
    In the cups of your blazing drunken eyes!
    Pass a philter from your eyes to everyone else's
    In a way the mouth knows nothing of,
    For this is the way cup bearers always offer
    The holy and mysterious wine to lovers.
    Hurry, the eyes of every atom in Creation
    Are famished for this flaming-out of splendor!
    Procure for yourself this fragrance of musk
    And with it split open the breast of heaven!
    The waves of the fragrance of this musk
    Drive all Josephs out of their minds forever!
  • The Beauty of the Heart

    by Rumi
    The beauty of the heart is the lasting beauty:
    its lips give to drink of the water of life.
    Truly it is the water, that which pours, and the one who drinks.
    All three become one when your talisman is shattered.
    That oneness you can't know by reasoning.
  • In One Another's Souls

    by Rumi
    The moment I heard my first love story I began seeking you,
    not realizing the search was useless.
    Lovers don't meet somewhere along the way.
    They're in one another's souls from the beginning.
  • When the Rose is Gone

    by Rumi
    When the rose is gone and the garden faded
    you will no longer hear the nightingale's song.
    The Beloved is all; the lover just a veil.
    The Beloved is living; the lover a dead thing.
    If love withholds its strengthening care,
    the lover is left like a bird without care,
    the lover is left like a bird without wings.
    How will I be awake and aware
    if the light of the Beloved is absent?
    Love wills that this Word be brought forth
  • With Passion

    by Rumi
    With
    passion pray.
    With passion make love.
    With passion eat and drink and dance and play.
    Why look like a dead fish
    in this ocean
    of
    God?
  • The Agony and Ecstasy

    by Rumi
    In the orchard and rose garden
    I long to see your face.
    In the taste of Sweetness
    I long to kiss your lips.
    In the shadows of passion
    I long for your love.

    Oh! Supreme Lover!
    Let me leave aside my worries.
    The flowers are blooming
    with the exultation of your Spirit.

    By Allah!
    I long to escape the prison of my ego
    and lose myself
    in the mountains and the desert.

    These sad and lonely people tire me.
    I long to revel in the drunken frenzy of your love
    and feel the strength of Rustam in my hands.

    I'm sick of mortal kings.
    I long to see your light.
    With lamps in hand
    the sheiks and mullahs roam
    the dark alleys of these towns
    not finding what they seek.

    You are the Essence of the Essence,
    The intoxication of Love.
    I long to sing your praises
    but stand mute
    with the agony of wishing in my heart.
  • The Temple of Love

    by Rumi
    The temple of love is not love itself;
    True love is the treasure,
    Not the walls about it.
    Do not admire the decoration,
    But involve yourself in the essence,
    The perfume that invades and touches you-
    The beginning and the end.
    Discovered, this replace all else,
    The apparent and the unknowable.
    Time and space are slaves to this presence.
  • Light Up the Fire

    by Rumi
    I gaze into the heart, lowly it may be,
    Thought the words be higher still.
    For the heart is all the substance,
    The speech an accident.
    How many phrases will you speak,
    Too many for me.
    How much burning, burning will you feel,
    Be friendly with the fire, enough for me.
    Light up the fire of love inside,
    And blaze the thoughts away.
  • The Privileged Lovers

    by Rumi

    The moon has become a dancer
    at this festival of love.
    This dance of light,

    This sacred blessing,
    This divine love,
    beckons us
    to a world beyond
    only lovers can see
    with their eyes of fiery passion.

    They are the chosen ones
    who have surrendered.
    Once they were particles of light
    now they are the radiant sun.

    They have left behind
    the world of deceitful games.
    They are the privileged lovers
    who create a new world
    with their eyes of fiery passion.

  • The Meaning of Love

    by Rumi
    Both light and shadow
    are the dance of Love.

    Love has no cause;
    it is the astrolabe of God’s secrets.

    Lover and Loving are inseparable
    and timeless.

    Although I may try to describe Love
    when I experience it I am speechless.

    Although I may try to write about Love
    I am rendered helpless;
    my pen breaks and the paper slips away
    at the ineffable place
    where Lover, Loving and Loved are one.

    Every moment is made glorious
    by the light of Love.
  • Do You Love Me?

    by Rumi
    A lover asked his beloved,
    Do you love yourself more
    than you love me?

    The beloved replied,
    I have died to myself
    and I live for you.

    I’ve disappeared from myself
    and my attributes.
    I am present only for you.

    I have forgotten all my learning,
    but from knowing you
    I have become a scholar.

    I have lost all my strength,
    but from your power
    I am able.

    If I love myself
    I love you.
    If I love you
    I love myself.
  • Defeated by Love

    by Rumi
    The sky was lit
    by the splendor of the moon

    So powerful
    I fell to the ground

    Your love
    has made me sure

    I am ready to forsake
    this worldly life
    and surrender
    to the magnificence
    of your Being
  • My Burning Heart

    by Rumi
    My heart is burning with love
    All can see this flame
    My heart is pulsing with passion
    like waves on an ocean

    My friends have become strangers
    and I’m surrounded by enemies
    But I am free as the wind
    no longer hurt by those who reproach me

    I'm at home wherever I am
    And in the room of lovers
    I can see with closed eyes
    the beauty that dances

    Behind the veils
    intoxicated with love
    I too dance the rhythm
    of this moving world

    I have lost my senses
    in my world of lovers
  • Love

    by Sri Chinmoy
    Love is not a thing to understand.
    Love is not a thing to feel.
    Love is not a thing to give and receive.
    Love is a thing only to become
    And eternally be.
  • Love Poem

    by Tagore
    Love adorns itself; it seeks to prove inward joy by outward beauty.
    Love does not claim possession,but gives freedom.
    Love is an endless mystery, for it has nothing else to explain it.
    Love's gift cannot be given,it waits to be accepted.
  • The Happy Virus

    by Hafez
    I caught the happy virus last night
    When I was out singing beneath the stars.
    It is remarkably contagious -
    So kiss me.
  • Ghazaliyat

    by Hafez
    Amidst flowers, wine in hand, my lover I embrace
    King of the world is my slave on such a day in such a place.
    Bring no candles to this, our festive feast, tonight
    Full moon is pale beside the light of my lover's face.
    Drinking of wine, our creed has sanctified
    Yet without you, drinking wine is disgrace.
    My ears only hear the song of the harp and the reed
    My eyes see your ruby lips, and the cup chase.
    Keep perfumes away from our feast tonight
    The fragrance of your hair, our feast will grace.
    Speak not to me of sweetness of candy and sugar;
    Since my lips, sweetness of your lips, did once trace.
    Your treasures are hidden in the ruins of my heart
    And my path to the tavern has now become sacred space.
    Speak not of disgrace; that's my fame and my base
    And fame and high place, I despise and debase.
    Drunk and disconcerted and demented and deceived
    Show me one who's not, within our town and our race.
    Fault not the pious one, because he, also, like us,
    Is seeking love and grace, in his own way, at his own pace.
    Hafiz, wine in hand, always your lover embrace
    'Cause flowers and joy fill this festive time and space.
  • All the Hemispheres

    by Hafez
    Leave the familiar for a while.
    Let your senses and bodies stretch out

    Like a welcomed season
    Onto the meadow and shores and hills.

    Open up to the Roof.
    Make a new watermark on your excitement
    And love.

    Like a blooming night flower,
    Bestow your vital fragrance of happiness
    And giving
    Upon our intimate assembly.

    Change rooms in your mind for a day.
    All the hemispheres in existence
    Lie beside an equator
    In your heart.

    Greet Yourself
    In your thousand other forms
    As you mount the hidden tide and travel
    Back home.

    All the hemispheres in heaven
    Are sitting around a fire
    Chatting

    While stitching themselves together
    Into the Great Circle inside of
    You.
  • It Felt Love

    by Hafiz
    How
    Did the rose
    Ever open its heart
    And give to this world
    All its
    Beauty?

    It felt the encouragement of light
    Against its
    Being,

    Otherwise,
    We all remain
    Too
    Frightened.
  • The Day Sky

    Let us be like
    Two falling stars in the day sky.

    Let no one know of our sublime beauty
    As we hold hands with God
    And burn

    Into a sacred existence that defies -
    That surpasses

    Every description of ecstasy
    And love.
  • Faithful Lover

    by Hafez
    The moon came to me last night
    With a sweet question.
    She said,
    "The sun has been my faithful lover
    For millions of years.
    Whenever I offer my body to him
    Brilliant light pours from his heart.
    Thousands then notice my happiness
    And delight in pointing
    Toward my beauty.
    Hafiz,
    Is it true that our destiny
    Is to turn into Light
    Itself?"
    And I replied,
    Dear moon,
    Now that your love is maturing,
    We need to sit together
    Close like this more often
    So I might instruct you
    How to become
    Who you
    Are!
  • The Subject Tonight is Love

    by Hafez
    The subject tonight is Love
    And for tomorrow night as well,
    As a matter of fact
    I know of no better topic
    For us to discuss
    Until we all
    Die!
  • And For No Reason

    by Hafez
    And
    For no reason
    I start skipping like a child.

    And
    For no reason
    I turn into a leaf
    That is carried so high
    I kiss the Sun's mouth
    And dissolve.

    And
    For no reason
    A thousand birds
    Choose my head for a conference table,
    Start passing their
    Cups of wine
    And their wild songbooks all around.

    And
    For every reason in existence
    I begin to eternally,
    To eternally laugh and love!

    When I turn into a leaf
    And start dancing,
    I run to kiss our beautiful Friend
    And I dissolve in the Truth
    That I Am.
  • These Beautiful Love Games

    by Hafez
    Young lovers wisely say,
    "Let's try it from this angle,
    Maybe something marvelous will happen,

    Maybe three suns and two moons
    Will roll out
    From a hiding place in the body
    Our passion has yet to ignite."

    Old lovers say,
    "We can do it one more time,
    How about from this longitude
    And latitude -

    Swinging from a rope tied to the ceiling,

    Maybe a part of God
    Is still hiding in a corner of your heart
    Our devotion has yet to reveal."

    Bottom line:

    Do not stop playing
    These beautiful
    Love
    Games.
  • I Want Both Of Us

    by Hafez
    I want both of us
    To start talking about this great love
    As if you, I, and the Sun were all married
    And living in a tiny room,

    Helping each other to cook,
    Do the wash,
    Weave and sew,
    Care for our beautiful
    Animals.

    We all leave each morning
    To labor on the earth's field.
    No one does not lift a great pack.

    I want both of us to start singing like two
    Traveling minstrels
    About this extraordinary existence
    We share,

    As if
    You, I, and God were all married
    And living in
    A tiny
    Room.
  • Like Passionate Lips

    by Hafez
    There are
    So many positions of
    Love:

    Each curve on a branch,
    the thousand different ways
    Your eyes can embrace us,

    The infinite shapes your
    Mind can draw,

    The spring
    Orchestra of scents,

    The currents of light combusting
    Like passionate lips,

    The revolution of Existence's skirt
    Whose folds contain other worlds,

    Your every sign that falls against
    His inconceivable
    Omnipresent
    Body.
  • Imagination Does Not Exist

    by Hafez
    You should come close to me tonight wayfarer
    For I will be celebrating you.
    Your beauty still causes me madness,
    Keeps the neighbors complaining
    When I start shouting in the middle of the night
    Because I can't bear all this joy.

    I will be giving birth to suns.
    I will be holding forests upside down
    Gently shaking soft animals from trees and burrows
    Into my lap.

    What you conceive as imagination
    Does not exist for me.

    Whatever you can do in a dream
    Or on your mind-canvas

    My hands can pull - alive - from my coat pocket.
    But let's not talk about my divine world.
    For what I most want to know

    Tonight is:
    All about
    You.
  • I Got Kin

    by Hafez
    Plant
    So that your own heart
    Will grow.

    Love
    So God will think,

    "Ahhhhhh,
    I got kin in that body!
    I should start inviting that soul over
    For coffee and
    Rolls."

    Sing
    Because this is a food
    Our starving world
    Needs.

    Laugh
    Because that is the purest
    Sound.
  • The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

    A wife loves her husband not for his own sake, dear one, but because the Divine Beloved lives in him. A Husband loves his wife not for her own sake, dear one, but because the Divine Beloved lives in her. Children are loved not for their own sake, dear one, but because the Divine Beloved lives in them... All things are loved not for their own sake, but because the Divine Beloved lives in them. The Divine Beloved must be realized. Hearing about and meditating upon the Divine Beloved, you will come to understand everything in life...

    As long as there is the sense of separateness, one sees another as separate from oneself... But when the Divine Beloved is realized as the indivisible unity of life, who can be seen by whom... who can be spoken to by whom, who can be thought of by whom, who can be known by whom?
  • The Buddha's Sermon at Rajagaha- Verses 19-22

    "Do not deceive, do not despise each other anywhere. Do not be angry nor bear secret resentments; for as a mother will risk her life and watches over her child, so boundless be your love to all, so tender, kind and mild.

    Cherish good will right and left, early and late, and without hindrance, without stint, be free of hate and envy, while standing and walking and sitting down, what ever you have in mind, the rule of life that is always best is to be loving-kind.

    Gifts are great, founding temples is meritorious, meditations and religious exercises pacify the heart, comprehension of the truth leads to Nirvana, but greater than all is loving kindness.

    As the light of the moon is 16 times stronger than the light of all the stars, so loving kindness is 16 times more efficacious in liberating the heart than all other religious accomplishments taken together."
  • Our Feast, Our Wedding

    Our feast, our wedding
    Will be auspicious to the world.
    God fit the feast and wedding
    To our length like a proper garment.

    Venus and the moon
    Will be matched to each other,
    The parrot with sugar.
    The most beautifully-faced Beloved
    Makes a different kind of wedding every night.

    With the favor of our Sultan's prosperity,
    Hearts become spacious
    And men pair up with each other.
    Troubles and anxieties are all gone.

    Here tonight, You go again
    To the wedding and feasting.
    O beauty who adorned our city,
    You will be groom to the beauties.

    How nicely You walk in our neighborhood,
    Coming to us so beautifully.
    O our river, O One
    Who is searching for us,
    How nicely You flow in our stream.

    How nicely You flow with our desires,
    Unfastening the binding of our feet.
    You make us walk so nicely, holding our hand,
    O Joseph of our world.

    Cruelty suits You well.
    It's a mistake for us to expect Your loyalty.
    Step as You wish on our bloody Soul.

    O Soul of my Soul, pull our Souls
    To our Beloved's temple.
    Take this piece of bone.
    Give it as a gift to our Huma.

    O wise ones, give thanks
    To our Sultan's kindness, who adds Souls to Soul,
    Keep dancing, O considerate ones.
    Keep whirling and dancing.

    At the wedding night of rose and Nasrin
    I hang the drum on my neck.
    Tonight, the tambourine and small drum
    Will become our clothes.

    Be silent! Venus becomes the Cupbearer tonight
    And offers glasses to our sweetheart,
    Whose skin is fair and rosy,
    Who takes a glass and drinks.

    For the sake of God, because of our praying,
    Now Sufis become exuberant
    At the assembly of God's Absence.
    They put the belt of zeal on their waists
    And start Sama'.

    One group of people froth like the sea,
    Prostrating like waves.
    The other group battles like swords,
    Drinking the blood of our glasses.

    Be silent! Tonight, the Sultan
    Went to the kitchen.
    He is cooking with joy.
    But a most unusual thing,
    Tonight, the Beloved is cooking our Halva.
  • Words for a Wedding

    May these nuptials be blessed for us, may this marriage be blessed for us,
    May it be ever like milk and sugar, this marriage like wine and halvah.
    May this marriage be blessed with leaves and fruits like the date tree;
    May this marriage be laughing forever, today,tomorrow, like the houris of paradise.
    May this marriage be the sign of compassion and the approval of happiness here and hereafter;
    May this marriage be fair of fame, fair of face and fair of omen as the moon in the azure sky.
    I have fallen silent for words cannot describe how the spirit has mingled with this marriage.
  • This Marriage - Ode 2667

    May these vows and this marriage be blessed.
    May it be sweet milk,
    this marriage, like wine and halvah.
    May this marriage offer fruit and shade
    like the date palm.
    May this marriage be full of laughter,
    our every day a day in paradise.
    May this marriage be a sign of compassion,
    a seal of happiness here and hereafter.
    May this marriage have a fair face and a good name,
    an omen as welcome
    as the moon in a clear blue sky.
    I am out of words to describe
    how spirit mingles in this marriage.
  • Wedding Bliss

    by Rumi
    May the blessings which flow in all weddings
    be gathered, God, together in our wedding!
    The blessings of the Night of Power,
    the month of fasting
    the festival to break the fast
    the blessings of the meeting of Adam and Eve
    the blessings of the meeting of Joseph and Jacob
    the blessings of gazing on the paradise of all abodes
    and yet another blessing which cannot be put in words:
    the fruitful scattering of joy
    of the children of the Shayak
    and our eldest!

    In companionship and happiness
    may you be like milk and honey
    in union and fidelity,
    just like sugar and halva.
    May the blessings of those who toast
    and the one who pours the wine
    anoint the ones who said Amen and
    the one who said the prayer.

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