Piousness and the path of loveby Abu-Said Abil-Kheir
English version by Vraje Abramian
Original Language Persian/Farsi
Piousness and the path of love
are two different roads.
Love is the fire that burns both belief
Those who practice Love have neither
religion nor caste.
|-- from Nobody, Son of Nobody: Poems of Shaikh Abu-Saeed Abil-Kheir, Translated by Vraje Abramian|
I love the way this poem expresses the radical realization that Sufis and all true mystics express: There is a point when you become so utterly consumed by the Divine One, by the fire of Love, that "belief and non-belief" disappear. All notions of God disappear in the blazing experience of God. Who then is pious? Who then has a place in society? Where are your boundaries that you can say, 'I am this and not that'? The Beloved gathers you up and lays you out upon the whole earth...