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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger
This is a great poem by the Sufi mystic and martyr, al-Hallaj.
A reminder to us all that, wherever we look, we are always staring at the face of God, "right before [our] eyes." Everyone, knowingly or unknowingly, is always searching for the Eternal, but too easily we become lost in our search. The idea of a search is already to be lost -- "a blind quest." We imagine that the Goal will be found elsewhere, somewhere that we are not, and so we rush about looking, looking. "Guessing and dreaming," looking for God in some distant heaven instead of beneath our feet and between the span of our arms, we blindly have our "faces turned toward the sky." But doing that, we never recognize that "the lord remains among [us]" in our "every condition / every instant." We are never without the Divine Presence, "not for the blink of an eye!"
Hallaj says it very simply, speaking to God as the Beloved who is everywhere and, at the same time, the heart of the heart:
My spirit and yours
whether we are near one another
or far away.
I am you,
end of my desire.
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