We Are As The Flute – Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

We are as the flute, and the music in us is from thee; 

we are as the mountain and the echo in us is from thee.
We are as pieces of chess engaged in victory and defeat: 

our victory and defeat is from thee, 

O thou whose qualities are comely! 
Who are we, O Thou soul of our souls, 

that we should remain in being beside thee? 
We and our existences are really non-existence; 

thou art the absolute Being which manifests the perishable. 
We all are lions, but lions on a banner: 

because of the wind they are rushing 

onward from moment to moment. 
Their onward rush is visible, 

and the wind is unseen: 

may that which is unseen not fail from us! 
Our wind whereby we are moved and our being are of thy gift; 

our whole existence is from thy bringing into being.

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