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Ramadan Mubarak to all those who are fasting during this time! May it be blessed with worldly emptiness and spiritual fullness!
O moon-faced Beloved,
the month of Ramadan has arrived.
Cover the table
and open the path of praise.
O fickle busy-body,
it’s time to change your ways.
Can you see the one who’s selling the halvah;
how long will it be the halvah you desire?
Just a glimpse of the halvah-maker
has made you so sweet even honey says
“I’ll put myself beneath your feet, like soil;
I’ll worship at your shrine.”
Your chick frets within the egg
with all your eating and choking.
Break out of your shell
that your wings may grow.
Let yourself fly.
The lips of the Master are parched
from calling the Beloved.
The sound of your call resounds
through the horn of your empty belly.
Let nothing be inside of you.
Be empty: give your lips to the lips of the reed.
When like a reed you fill with His breath,
then you’ll taste sweetness.
Sweetness is hidden in the Breath
that fills the reed.
Be like Mary—by that sweet breath
a child grew within her.
[Translated by Nevit Ergin and Camille Helminski, The Pocket Rumi]
Image from Susie’s Big Adventure
Thank you dear friend. This is beautiful in farsi. One day if you like, shall recite the original for you? In the meantime, one of the little prayers recited in the opening of the fast. I recite this through the year as well at mealtimes, as we are in a sense yet again resuming eating after a brief respite.
I keep my fasts for Thee, O Lord
I open my fast with Thy given sustenance, O Lord
In Thee I put my trust, O Lord (Hazrat Ali)