Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | January 9, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: The Guest House

by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi (1207 – 1273).

 

The Guest House

 

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

 

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

As an unexpected visitor.                                             5

 

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,

still treat each guest honorably.                              10

He may be clearing you out

for some new delight.

 

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,

meet them at the door laughing,

and invite them in.                                                       15

 

Be grateful for whoever comes,

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond. 

 

(Translated by Coleman Barks)

 

Notes:

http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/rumi.htm

http://www.writespirit.net/spiritual_poets/rumi/biography-of-rumi


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