From poem to narrative in sufism

http://www.allamaiqbal.com/publications/journals/review/apr89/1.htm

There is an inward link between meaning and the form which conveys and transmits that meaning, between what classical Sufi terminology, especially as used by Jalal al-Din Rumi, calls ma'(meaning) and surah (form).[url="http://www.allamaiqbal.com/publications/journals/review/apr89/1.htm#_edn1"][1][/url] This truth is especially true of Sufism itself which is concerned by nature with ultimate meaning, with that is most inward and hidden from the outward seeking eye. That is why from the beginning, the masters of Sufism selected carefully the forms which would be used to express the truths of Sufism and to become the vehicle for realities which these forms could reveal, while these vehicles were by definition confined to the world of outward forms that cannot but be a veil in itself. The Sufis also selected those forms which could be transformed and become transparent so as to be appropriate means for the expression of that meaning, which is none other than the message of inwardness. They chose forms which could become wed to that message in such a way as to lead to the abode of the inward. To this end some chose plastic forms, others musical melodies and yet some remained silent and alluded to the inner truths which they wished to convey through their very presence. Many, however, chose the medium of the spoken and written word and it is to this form of expression that we wish to turn while not forgetting that Sufism has had no verbal forms of expression of the greatest significance varying from calligraphy to sacred music and dance ('samā'), not to speak of that silent music heard only by the wise.


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http://www.allamaiqbal.com/works/poetry/persian/persianpsalms/translation/part01/12.htm[FONT=Times New Roman]

Though the falcon of the brain[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman]Yearneth on the wing to be,[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]Archers in this desert plain[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]Wait upon him secretly![/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman]Yet the tied and twisted cord[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]Lacketh not for remedy:[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]Singing can the cure afford[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]Of this hard perplexity.[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman]If the power of speech be there,[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]Yet is knowledge not possessed;[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]Hapless servant, who doth bear[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]Such a secret in his breast![/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman]Though a hundred varied ways[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]They should’burn and ravage me,[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]There is comfort in my blaze[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]And a glad felicity.[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman]Dust, and dead as dust, are we,[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]Yet a heart we merited:[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]Lo! the living deity[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]Heart-engendered in the dead.[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman]In my breast there is a flame[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]Setteth all the house aglow,[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]Yet it is the very same[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]That the house doth overthrow.[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman]Plato’s mind the world described,[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]Yet I will not trust in it,[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]For a heart is in my side[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]Bold to view the infinite.[/FONT]
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out of thanks...be back later:D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnunfciSr7k&feature=related

Leila has a good thread here of Rumi too.
http://www.rumi.org.uk/

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rumi it is not very esoteric things, i'm trying to find things, but it is hard to find translations or things wrote in english lol rumi he is translated in more languages =)
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If you can find any literature from 'Heavens and Hells of the mind ' ~Imre Vallyon~ he has some good writing on Sufism but I can,t find much of his writings online.
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