The Amazing Mirvana

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Sacrifice your intellect

Mirv’s tip of the day: Don’t be the sort of person who would sacrifice a friendship or hurt the feelings of one you love just to win an argument.

Sacrifice your intellect in love for the Friend:
for anyway, intellects come from where He is.
The spiritually intelligent have sent their intellects back to Him:
only the fool remains where the Beloved is not.
If from bewilderment, this intellect of yours flies out of your head,
every tip of your hair will become a new knowing.
In the presence of the Beloved, the brain needn’t labor;
for there the brain and intellect spontaneously produce
fields and orchards of spiritual knowledge.
If you turn toward that field, you will hear a subtle discourse;
in that oasis your palm tree will freshen and flourish.

Mathnawi  IV: 1424-1428
              Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
              “Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance”
              Threshold Books, 1996
              (Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)

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