We are as the Flute

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.

From: Teachings of Rumi Translated E.M.Whinfield

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