A Star without a Name by Maulana Rumi

When a baby is taken from the wet nurse,

it easily forgets her

and starts eating solid food.

Seeds feed a while on ground,

then lift up into the sun.

So you should taste the filtered light

and work your way toward wisdom

with no personal covering.

That’s how you came here, like a star

without a name.  Move across the night sky

with those anonymous lights.

(Mathnawi III, 1284-1288 )

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3 Responses to A Star without a Name by Maulana Rumi

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  2. T says:

    May I ask who these were translated by? The translations are so beautifully done, that one can almost taste the spirit and intoxication of Rumi in them. I have never felt this close to Rumi before, with any other translations. Thank you.

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