On Unity's Way

by Abu-Said Abil-Kheir

English version by Peter Lamborn Wilson and Nasrollah Pourjavady
Original Language Persian/Farsi

On Unity's Way:
     no infidelity
          no faith.
Take one step
     away from yourself and --
          behold! -- the Path!
You, soul of the world,
     must choose the road
          of Divine Submission
then sit with anyone you like
     -- even a black snake --
          but not your self!

-- from The Drunken Universe: An Anthology of Persian Sufi Poetry, Translated by Peter Lamborn Wilson / Translated by Nasrollah Pourjavady

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