If you keep seeking the jewel of understanding

by Abu-Said Abil-Kheir

English version by Vraje Abramian
Original Language Persian/Farsi

If you keep seeking the jewel of understanding,
then you are a mine of understanding in the making.
If you live to reach the Essence one day,
then your life itself is an expression of the Essence.
Know that in the final analysis you are that
which you search for.

-- from Nobody, Son of Nobody: Poems of Shaikh Abu-Saeed Abil-Kheir, Translated by Vraje Abramian

<<Previous Poem | More Poems by Abu-Said Abil-Kheir | Next Poem >>


/ Image by notsogoodphotography /


View All Poems by Abu-Said Abil-Kheir

Commentary by Ivan M. Granger

I am back. And the anthology is ready! The Longing in Between is now finalized and at the printers. I should be receiving copies next week for me to sign and send out to everyone who purchased a pre-order copy recently. I am really pleased with how this first anthology has come together. I think you will like it too!

Now then, today's poem...

This poem speaks a direct truth that should be obvious, but somehow isn't.

If you live to reach the Essence one day,
then your life itself is an expression of the Essence.


When we focus on a goal, when we turn our hearts and all our thoughts and energies toward it, we begin to take on the qualities of that which we strive for. We could say that we become what we seek, but that's not exactly what Abu-Said Abil-Kheir is saying; rather, we eventually discover that we are what we seek. What we seek we find inside. It has always been there, we must simply search.

When we are reminded of this truth, a hidden tension in the soul eases. There is always a nagging question: Will I achieve my goal? Am I foolish to even pursue it? This poem's insight dismantles that self-defeating inner dialog. Through seeking we necessarily succeed. The seeking itself defines us and opens us, awakening recognition of the goal with us always.

Know that in the final analysis you are that
which you search for.


Have a beautiful day!



Recommended Books: Abu-Said Abil-Kheir

The Longing in Between: Sacred Poetry from Around the World (A Poetry Chaikhana Anthology)
===
Amazon or AbeBooks
The Drunken Universe: An Anthology of Persian Sufi Poetry
===
Amazon or AbeBooks
Nobody, Son of Nobody: Poems of Shaikh Abu-Saeed Abil-Kheir
===
Amazon or AbeBooks
Love's Alchemy: Poems from the Sufi Tradition
===
Amazon or AbeBooks
The Mystics of Islam
===
Amazon or AbeBooks
More Books >>





If you keep seeking