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Rumi On Fasting Month Of Ramadan








Tie Up Tight Knots In Your Tablecloths During Ramadan!


O moon-faced lover,
the fasting month of Ramadan has come.
Tie up tight knots in your tablecloths,
the upward path towards reaching God
has just become wide open.

It doesn't matter if you're a clueless wanderer, 
or a spiritually detached individual,
this is the perfect month for you to come back to God.

How long will you keep on searching for some halwa-sweets?
Dig deeper, search for the actual halwa-maker [God].

The parched lips of a fasting and thirsty lover
stay dry for the sake of a glimpse of Beloved's wet lips.
The empty stomach of a fasting lover
groans 
and moans like a crying flute
for the sake of being heard by Beloved's attentive ears.

Go empty yourself like a flute.
Go become completely empty.
Place the flute just below your lower lip and blow hard into it.
Fill up your empty soul.
Then ask for some sweet divine red wine to break your fast!

You haven't lost anything by giving up on food.
Just don't ask: Where is my soul-nourishing Beloved?
Where is the abundant divine meal on my tablecloth?

It's through pain and endurance that we become purified.
It's through purity that we reach spiritual self-sufficiency.
And it's precisely through spiritual self-sufficiency
that a tiny bird becomes the immortal phoenix bird.

Though hardship of fasting turns our faces yellow,
from that sacrifice we reach the soft white Hand of God.
Throughout the rest of the year, we never really get to clear 
all the mud and debris clogging our inner streams.
It's during the fasting month of Ramadan
when we finally flush the streams 
to irrigate our beautiful inner gardens.

Go ahead and throw all your food into the flowing stream,
so every single part of your body is brought back to life
by the rejuvenating divine waters of life.

The Prophetic saying "We've closed the Gates of Hell"
actually means: 
Go and close your gates of gluttony!
The Prophetic saying "We've opened the Gates of Paradise"
actually means: 
Polish and purify your heart!

You've been working yourself to death
by constantly taking loads of hay and straw to Christ's donkey,
It's time for you to also offer your good services to Jesus.

Follow the shining examples of Jesus, 
so you can get to see 
the abundant divine meal being laid out on your tablecloth.
Follow the shining examples of Jesus,
so you can get to see
The Soul of all souls and the Soul of both worlds.

O Jesus who are ascended into the heavenly spheres,
take a look down here and pull us high up there with you.

O my dearest fasting friends who're seeking
the blessings of Soul of both worlds, 
go and do something for your own soul and for your world.

Sacrifice your soul for the sake of well beings of others.
Never embrace the soulless soul of jealousy and envy.
The more your burn yourself like a bright candle for the good of others,
the more shining flames you're bestowed upon from high above.

Go straight into the lion's den
if you really want to hunt some wild deer.
Go straight into the King's reception hall
if you really want to taste some genuine royal wine.
Rumi ~ My Translation


شعرعرفاني حضرت مولانا جلال الدين بلخي رومي در تجليل حلول ماه مبارك رمضان و روزه

ماه رمضان آمد ای یار قمر سیما
 بربند سر سفره بگشای ره بالا
ای یاوه‌ی هر جایی وقتست که بازآیی
بنگر سوی حلوایی تا کی طلبی حلوا
بر یاد لب دلبر خشکست لب مهتر
 خوش با شکم خالی می‌نالد چون سرنا
خالی شو و خالی به لب بر لب نابی نه
  چون نی زدمش پر شو وانگاه شکر می‌خا
گر توبه ز نان کردی آخر چه زیان کردی
 کو سفره‌ی نان‌افزا کو دلبر جان افزا
از درد به صاف آییم وز صاف به قاف آییم
 کز قاف صیام ای جان عصفور شود عنقا
صفرای صیام ارچه سودای سر افزاید
 لیکن ز چنین سودا یابند ید بیضا
هر سال نه جوها را می پاک کند از گل
  تا آب روان گردد تا کشت شود خضرا
بر جوی کنان تو هم ایثار کن این نان را
 تا آب حیات آید تا زنده شود اجزا
بستیم در دوزخ یعنی طمع خوردن
 بگشای در جنت یعنی که دل روشن
بس خدمت خیر کردی بس کاه و جوش بردی
 در خدمت عیسی هم باید مددی کردن
تا سفره و نان بینی کی جان و جهان بینی
 رو جان و جهان را جو ای جان و جهان من
جان‌بخش و مترس ای جان بر بخل مچفس ای جان
 مصباح فزون سوزی افزون دهدت روغن
ای عیسی بگذشته خوش از فلک آتش
از چرخ فرو کن سر ما را سوی بالا کش
در بیشه‌ی شیران رو تا صید کنی آهو
 در مجلس سلطان رو وز باده‌ی سلطان چش



You're A Guest Of God During The Holy Month Of Ramadan


O heart,
you're a guest of God during this holy month of fasting.
You'll get to taste His divine heavenly meals
throughout this holy month.
In the fasting month of Ramadan,
the gates of hell are closed
and the gates of paradise are a thousand fold open.

O Lord,
teach me how to properly behave and act
as the head of my household.

O Lord,
my soul is humbly begging for Your forgiveness.

O Lord forgive me, 
You are the One who forgives all sinful believers.

O Lord, 
accept my sincere confessions in this holy month of fasting. 

O Lord, 
You are the Only One who is Perfect and Sinless.

Forgive me my Lord, for I've sinned.

I fast and envision my Lord smiling upon me and saying:

"I AM reaching out and grabbing your hand
during this holy month since you're fasting.
I Know how unsettled and confused
you often feel 
about yourself. 

Remember: I AM Your Lord.

I AM The Physician 
who prescribed you full abstinence in this holy month,
because I know how much you're suffering and afflicted
by your own sins, fears and uncertainties."

I shall take a vow of silence and let my Beloved explains it all.
My All-Knowing Lord is the soul-stirring Soul of all souls.
Rumi ~ My Translation


شعرعرفاني حضرت مولانا جلال الدين بلخي رومي در تجليل حلول ماه مبارك رمضان و روزه

دلا در روزه مهمان خدایی
طعام آسمانی را سرایی
در این مه چون در دوزخ ببندی
هزاران در زجنت برگشایی
نخواهد ماند این یخ زود بفروش
بیاموزا خدا این كدخدایی
بیامد جان كه عذر خویش خواهد
كه عفوم كن كه جان عذرهایی
در این مه عذر ما بپذیر ای عشق
خطا كردیم ای ترك خطایی
بخنده گوید او: دستت گرفتم
كه می دانم كه بس بی دست و پایی
ترا پرهیز فرمودم، طبیبم
كه تو رنجور این خوف و رجایی
خمش كردم كه شرحش عشق گوید
كه گفت اوست جان را جانفزایی



Ramadan Mubarak!


Ramadan Mubarak! 
The month of fasting has come.
O you who're on the fasting path, 
blessed be all your fasting.

I climbed up on top of the roof to see the new moon.
I've been impatiently waiting heart and soul to start fasting.
I kept on looking for so long that even my hat fell off my head!
Now my head feels all intoxicated by the arrival of fasting.

O Muslims! 
I've been God-intoxicated ever since that moon sighting.
What a good fortune!
What a good luck is this month of fasting!

Beside this moon, there is a also another "Moon"
hiding like a glowing Turk inside the huge tent of fasting.
Anyone who wants to know more about that "Moon",
needs to come to the happy harvest month of fasting.

Anyone whose fasting face has turned yellow like a satin cloth,
is actually wearing the silk robes of honor while fasting.
All your prayers will be accepted during the fasting of month of Ramadan.
The skies will be torn apart by your sighs of impatience during fasting.

Just like Joseph who never gave up on Love
and ultimately became the king of Egypt,
you'll also be rescued and elevated
if you patiently wait at the well of fasting.

Talk less and try staying silent 
during the Suhur-Predawn Meal in Ramadan,
so the ones who do fast can concentrate 
on starting another tough day of fasting.

Come, O Shamsuddin! 
O the sun of faith and the pride of Tabriz,
you're the commander-in-chief of devout forces of fasting.
Rumi ~ My Translation


شعرعرفاني حضرت مولانا جلال الدين بلخي رومي در تجليل حلول ماه مبارك رمضان و روزه


مبارک باد آمد ماه روزه
رهت خوش باد ای همراه روزه
شدم بر بام تا مه را ببینم
که بودم من به جان دلخواه روزه
نظر کردم کلاه از سر بیفتاد
سرم را مست کرد آن شاه روزه
مسلمانان سرم مست است از آن روز
زهی اقبال و بخت و جاه روزه
بجز این ماه ماهی هست پنهان
نهان چون ترک در خرگاه روزه
بدان مه ره برد آن کس که آید
در این مه خوش به خرمنگاه روزه
رخ چون اطلسش گر زرد گردد
بپوشد خلعت از دیباه روزه
دعاها اندر این مه مستجاب است
فلک‌ها را بدرد آه روزه
چو یوسف ملک مصر عشق گیرد
کسی کو صبر کرد در چاه روزه
سحوری کم زن ای نطق و خمش کن
ز روزه خود شوند آگاه روزه
بیا ای شمس دین و فخر تبریز
تویی سرلشکر اسپاه روزه



Reap The Blessings of Ramadan Fasting


When you close your mouth to food while fasting,
your spiritual mouth opens
to take generous bites of divine secrets.
Close your mouth to food and drink, 
rush towards the spread out divine meal 
set up on the heavenly dining table.

Once you completely empty
your inner warehouse from the material things,
it will be filled to the top 
with the precious divine pearls and jewels.

Get your soul's baby off the breast milk of Satan,
and let it comfortably rest in the arms of a motherly Angel.

How long will you keep on gluttoning 
on all these fattening foods?!
How long will you keep on staying captive
by your own spiritual sleepiness?

Test your fasting resolve for a few days
during this fasting month of Ramadan.
Awaken out of your spiritual sleepiness for just one night,
so you can reap the wealth and blessings of fasting in Ramadan.
Rumi ~ My Translation


شعرعرفاني حضرت مولانا جلال الدين بلخي رومي در تجليل حلول ماه مبارك رمضان و روزه

 این دهان بستی دهانی باز شد
تا خورندهء لقمه‌های راز شد
لب فروبند از طعام و از شراب
سوی خوان آسمانی کن شتاب
گر تو این انبان ز نان خالی کنی
پر ز گوهرهای اجلالی کنی
طفل جان از شیر شیطان باز کن
 بعد از آنش با ملک انباز کن
چند خوردی چرب و شیرین از طعام؟
 امتحان کن چند روزی در صیام
چند شبها خواب را گشتی اسیر؟
 یک شبی بیدار شو دولت بگیر



The Mother of Fasting Has Come


Fasting has come like a kind mother
warmly embracing her children. 
Hey kiddos, don't act so weak,
hang on tight to your mother's veil of fasting!
Look at her beautiful fasting face,
suck her delicious breast milk, 
fast exactly as she fasts, 
and wait patiently by her door of fasting.

Look how fasting makes you
generously giving a helping hand to a charity.

Look how fasting blossoms
like 
Lord's beautiful Spring season.
Look how the garden of your soul
gets filled up 
with the heavenly
narcissus flowers of fasting.

Come on now,
stop acting so fragile like a flower bud
while you are fasting!

So what if you happen to feel a bit weak while fasting? 
So what if you had to give up your daily routine for a while?
You are the fearless falcon of Spring season,
fly up high and join the circles of fasting.

You look like a blood dripping rose,
how come you are so happy and smiling?

Unless you are Issac son of Abraham
happily smiling under the knife of fasting.

Why are you so in love with eating?Why are you so addicted to food?
Look at this new world of fasting 
unfolding right in front of your eyes. 

Go and collect some wheat grains
for your starving and fasting soul.
Hurry Up! Go down the wheat fields of your soul,
and keep on searching for your soul harvest
in the haystacks of fasting.
Rumi ~ My Translation


شعرعرفاني حضرت مولانا جلال الدين بلخي رومي در تجليل حلول ماه مبارك رمضان و روزه

سوی اطفال بیامد به کرم مادر روزه
مهل ای طفل به سستی طرف چادر روزه
بنگر روی ظریفش بخور آن شیر لطیفش
به همان کوی وطن کن بنشین بر در روزه
بنگر دست رضا را که بهاری است خدا را
بنگر جنت جان را شده پرعبهر روزه
هله ای غنچه نازان چه ضعیفی و چه یازان
چو رسن باز بهاری بجه از چنبر روزه
تو گلا غرقه خونی ز چیی دلخوش و خندان
مگر اسحاق خلیلی خوشی از خنجر روزه
ز چیی عاشق نانی بنگر تازه جهانی
بستان گندم جانی هله از بیدر روزه



Do Not Let Satan Deceives You Into Not Fasting!


There is no worshiping practice in this whole world
which could brighten your dark heart 
or awaken your soulless being
like the illuminating practice of fasting.

Fasting does indeed bring physical hardship
and makes a fasting believer feel really weak,
but the very essence and inner being of a fasting believer 
gets perfected through fasting.

Since in this material-obsessed world
our materialistic lives get constantly darkened 
by the thick black smoke coming out of 
our souls' worn-out kitchens,
a brand-new inner kitchen can be built through fasting!

Who else could be more dangerous  
than the blood-thirsty and heart and soul betraying Satan 
who's roaming around this material-worshiping world,
constantly deceiving you into not fasting?
Rumi ~ My Translation


 شعرعرفاني حضرت مولانا جلال الدين بلخي رومي در تجليل حلول ماه مبارك رمضان و روزه

هيچ طاعت در جهان آن روشنی ندهد تو را
چونک بهر ديده دل کوری ابدان صيام
چونک هست اين صوم نقصان حيات هر ستور
خاص شد بهر کمال معنی انسان صيام
چون حيات عاشقان از مطبخ تن تيره بود
پس مهيا کرد بهر مطبخ ايشان صيام
چيست آن اندر جهان مهلکتر و خون ريزتر
بر دل و جان و جا خون خواره شيطان صيام?



Fasting Turns Your Worthless Inner Stones Into Precious Rubies


Offering your uniquely personal and sincere fasting services, 
quickly reaping the fasting rewards, 
and receiving the eternal divine blessings
are all possible
by patiently waiting at the gate of King of Fasting [God].

Even a poor fish in the water doesn't get refreshed ,
the way the heart and soul of a fasting believers
get totally refreshed by the waters of fasting!

None of us pays even the slightest attention 
to hundreds of tons of regular stones laying around us.
The worthless stones of your inner mines 
can turn into precious red rubies 
by the rays of sunlight brightly shining through fasting.
Rumi ~ My Translation


 شعرعرفاني حضرت مولانا جلال الدين بلخي رومي در تجليل حلول ماه مبارك رمضان و روزه

خدمت خاص نهانی تيزنفع و زودسود
چيست پيش حضرت درگاه اين سلطان صيام
ماهی بيچاره را آب آن چنان تازه نکرد
آنچ کرد اندر دل و جان های مشتاقان صيام
سنگ بی قيمت که صد خروار از او کس ننگرد
لعل گرداند چو خورشيدش درون کان صيام



Fasting Is The Perfect Strainer For Your Corroded Soul


Fasting puts your soul in a strainer,
rinsing it hard to get rid of all your 
accumulated rusty and corroded impurities.

This thick veil which has darkened 
the shining moon of your soul,
gets shredded to pieces through your fasting.
Fasting illuminates even the Saturn high up in the sky.
Rumi ~ My Translation


 شعرعرفاني حضرت مولانا جلال الدين بلخي رومي در تجليل حلول ماه مبارك رمضان و روزه

این روزه چو به‏ غربیل ببیزد جان را
پیدا آرد قراضه پنهان را
جامه ی که کند تیره مه تابان را
بی پرده شود نور دهد کیوان را



Stop Talking About Water Jugs or Pot & Pans During Ramadan!


Hurry up, get yourself ready, 
The time for patience has come!
The fasting month of Ramadan has come.
For a day or two, stop talking about
water Jugs or 
pot and pans!
Go rise up high
and roam around His heavenly dinner-table!
Go and humbly beg
For some Iftaar-dinner high up in the sky,
So the cotton of your soul can be released
From its cotton boll.
Rumi ~ My Translation


 شعرعرفاني حضرت مولانا جلال الدين بلخي رومي در تجليل حلول ماه مبارك رمضان و روزه

هین نوبت صبر آمد و ماه روزه
روزی دو مگو ز کاسه و از کوزه
بر خوان فلک گرد پی در یوزه
تا پنبه جان باز رهد از غوزه



The Holy Month Of fasting Has Come


The holy month of fasting has come.
The inner-struggle signal from our King has come.
Refrain from eating,
the spiritual nourishment source of your soul
has just come.

During the fasting month of Ramadan,
my soul rescues itself from my mundane life
by twisting the hand of my otherwise abstract lifestyle.
My heart shatters its darkness to pieces
now that the backup force of my faith has come.

Fasting is our sacrifice
and the new life to our soul.
We shall sacrifice our body
now that our guest has come.
Patience is a thick cloud 
pouring down rain of mercy
upon the fasting ones.

This is the holy month of fasting and patience
when the holy Quran was sent down.
This is the month when our ego gets crushed 
and our soul ascends high up into the heavens.

This is the month when we break the gates of our inner prisons
and our soul finally joins the Soul of all souls.
This is the month when we shred to pieces the veils of darkness
and our purified heart flies high into the sky.

Our heart belongs to the pure angels high up there,
so it's basically joining its own kind!
Pull yourself up from the dark well of your own being.
Stand on top of water well and shout out loud:
Joseph of Canaan has come.

Jesus let go of his donkey and his prayers were accepted.
Go and wash your hands clean,
the divine dining-table has just been sent down from the heavens.
Just wash your hands and rinse your mouth,
but neither eat yet nor say a word!

Seek the divine teachings and bites
which have also 
been sent down 
to the silently fasting ones.
Rumi ~ My Translation 


شعرعرفاني حضرت مولانا جلال الدين بلخي رومي در تجليل حلول ماه مبارك رمضان و روزه


آمد شهر صیام سنجق سلطان رسید
دست بدار از طعام مایده جان رسید
جان ز قطیعت برست دست طبیعت ببست
قلب ضلالت شکست لشکر ایمان رسید
روزه چو قربان ماست زندگی جان ماست
تن همه قربان کنیم جان چو به مهمان رسید
صبر چو ابریست خوش حکمت بارد از او
زانک چنین ماه صبر بود که قرآن رسید
نفس چو محتاج شد روح به معراج شد
چون در زندان شکست جان بر جانان رسید
پرده ظلمت درید دل به فلک برپرید
چون ز ملک بود دل باز بدیشان رسید
زود از این چاه تن دست بزن در رسن
بر سر چاه آب گو یوسف کنعان رسید
عیسی چو از خر برست گشت دعایش قبول
دست بشو کز فلک مایده و خوان رسید
دست و دهان را بشو نه بخور و نه بگو
آن سخن و لقمه جو کان به خموشان رسید



Be Patient While Fasting & Stand Steadfast in Your Faith


Be patient while fasting and stand steadfast in your faith.
Breath by breath, patiently wait to be empowered by God.
Remember that the forbearing and righteous God
always bestows generous gifts upon His patient believers.

Any fasting believer who's spiritually fed, needs no food.
To the spiritually full and proudly fasting believer,
it doesn't matter if days are dragging on forever 
or fasting tasks seeming so daunting.

O fasting man of the house, man up and wait!
Patiently wait for the heavenly dinning-table
to be sent down from the heavens above.

Any fasting believer who's exhausted and feeling hungry, 
shall receive divine strengths from high above
to make it till the end of the day.
The shining bright lights of divine sun
shall illuminate the starving ones who are devotedly fasting.

Any fasting and starving believer who breaks the fast
by eating just a few spoons of soup out of moderation,
shall get to taste the most delicious divine soup
especially made by the soup-maker Himself high above.
Rumi ~ My Translation


شعرعرفاني حضرت مولانا جلال الدين بلخي رومي در تجليل حلول ماه مبارك رمضان و روزه

باش در روزه شکیبا و مصر
دم به دم قوت خدا را منتظر
که آن خدای خوب‌کار بردبار
هدیه‌ها را می‌دهد در انتظار
انتظار نان ندارد مرد سیر
که سبک آید وظیفه یا که دیر
ای پدر الانتظار الانتظار
از برای خوان بالا مردوار
هر گرسنه عاقبت قوتی بیافت
آفتاب دولتی بر وی بتافت
ضیف با همت چو ز آشی کم خورد
صاحب خوان آش بهتر آورد



Finding Salvation in Fasting is Deep Within You


The fasting month of Ramadan has come
but Eid is also with us.
The fasting lock has come
but the salvation key is also with us.

By fasting, our mouths get closed 
and our inner spiritual eyes widely opened.
The shining light that our eyes seek is also with us.

Ramadan has come for the purposes of purification of our heart,
but the sole Owner of our heart is also with us.
Even if we face challenging difficulties during our fasting,
the treasure of our solid perseverance is also with us.
No matter how impure and sin-filled our body might be,
fasting will help us deeply purifying our heart and soul.

Fasting silently teaches us these lessons:
Go become nothing! 
Go crush your own ego!
Go become a disciple of fasting Sufi teachers!

Since my Sufi master, Salahuddin Zarkub is present
in our Iftaar-gathering tonight,
I feel that
Mansur Hallaj and Bayazid of Bestam are also with us!
Rumi ~ My Translation


شعرعرفاني حضرت مولانا جلال الدين بلخي رومي در تجليل حلول ماه مبارك رمضان و روزه

آمد رمضان و عید با ماست
قفل آمد و آن کلید با ماست
بربست دهان و دیده بگشاد
وان نور که دیده دید با ماست
آمد رمضان به خدمت دل
وان کش که دل آفرید با ماست
در روزه اگر پدید شد رنج
گنج دل ناپدید با ماست
کردیم ز روزه جان و دل پاک
هر چند تن پلید با ماست
روزه به زبان حال گوید
کم شو که همه مرید با ماست
چون هست صلاح دین در این جمع
منصور و ابایزید با ماست



Drink The Wine of Meaning' On Your Empty Stomach During Ramadan!


The Month of Ramadan has come.
The closing of mouth has come.
The mouth has been shut so it could only taste the pleasure of its dry lips.
The fasting-jar came and broke all other wine jars,
so those who still deny the spiritual pleasures of fasting
can watch for themselves how joyous our Iftaar-gathering is 
even without a single drop of wine around!

During the fasting month of Ramadan,
drink a full jar of that special wine of meaning
on your empty stomach!
Only an intoxicated and fasting lover
can get 
a private rendezvous
with the ever secluded Beloved!
Rumi ~ My Translation 


شعرعرفاني حضرت مولانا جلال الدين بلخي رومي در تجليل حلول ماه مبارك رمضان و روزه

ماه رمضان آمد آن بند دهان آمد
زد بر دهن بسته تا لذت لب بیند
آمد قدح روزه بشکست قدح‌ها را
تا منکر این عشرت بی‌باده طرب بیند
سغراق معانی را بر معده خالی زن
معشوقه خلوت را هم چشم عزب بیند


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