Go to the Winery and exchange your robe for a drink of wine

by Moulana Shah Maghsoud


Original Language Persian/Farsi

Go to the Winery and exchange your robe for a drink of wine,
Despite the arrogant pious, drink like a Sufi.

-- from Diwan-e-Ghazal (in Farsi), by Moulana Shah Maghsoud / Translated by Seyedeh Nahid Angha

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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger

The "robe" can be understood as one's public persona, the social identity -- the ego.

Wine is the drink of blissful union with the Beloved, something not understood by those caught up in religious dogma and formalities.

So we can read these two lines as telling us to abandon the ego, and discover the bliss of union.



Recommended Books: Moulana Shah Maghsoud

Diwan-e-Ghazal (in Farsi) Ecstasy: The World of Sufi Poetry and Prayer Psalms of the Gods Selections:: Poems from Khayyam, Rumi, Hafez, and Shah Maghsoud





Go to the Winery