Monday, June 1, 2015

Bahauddin: Fragrance of an Invisible Flower

Here's the passage called "Fragrance of an Invisible Flower," from The Drowned Book: Ecstatic and Earthy Reflections of Bahauddin, the Father of Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks and John Moyne. This reflects the philosophy of Sufism.
I see the essence of being alive as water flowing from the invisible to here, then back there. My senses know they came from nowhere and will go back to nowhere. I recognize the one step to non- and from non-existence to here. When I deeply know my senses, I feel in them the way to God and the purpose of living.
Look at this surprising flower
which cannot be seen, and yet
its fragrance cannot be hidden.
God is the invisible flower. Love is the flower's fragrance, everywhere apparent.

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