Come!

by Javad Nurbakhsh


Original Language Persian/Farsi & English

I have collapsed at the start of your lane -- come!
I've lost the valley of 'I and You' -- come!

A lifetime I have consigned my head to the sanctum of
Your forecourt. O you the companion of those who are liberated from self, come!

I've let go all I had on the path of Union with You.
O the true existence behind each manifestation, come!

I've thrown existence to the winds in the way of love for You.
Come, devil-may-care lover, so hard to get to know!

I have lost knowledge of self in longing for You.
O cognizant One who has caused so much trouble, come!

I have taken leave of myself in desiring Your face.
The moment has come for You to reveal Your Face; so, come!

Nurbakhsh has become lost, in order to find You.
Enough of infidelity! Come in fidelity!

-- from The Truths of Love: Sufi Poetry, by Javad Nurbakhsh

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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger

This is one journey we don't pack for. Instead, with each step, we unpack, dropping our clutter along the way. The further we go, the lighter we become.

I've let go all I had on the path of Union with You.

Last we lose the little self. The small notion of who we imagined ourselves to be, with its history and hurts and hopes, collapses in on itself.

I have collapsed at the start of your lane -- come!
I've lost the valley of 'I and You' -- come!


The infidelity of the ever running, ever clinging mind ends, and the fidelity of the still, clear heart begins.

Nurbakhsh has become lost, in order to find You.
Enough of infidelity! Come in fidelity!



Recommended Books: Javad Nurbakhsh

The Truths of Love: Sufi Poetry The Path: Sufi Practices Jesus in the Eyes of the Sufis The Psychology of Sufism Sufi Symbolism: The Nurbakhsh Encyclopedia of Sufi Terminology, Vol 1
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Come!