Themes :

When the flowing river of divine awareness is particularly strong, the body can tremble or swoon. The mystic can sometimes be so overwhelmed by this ecstasy that he or she might even fall unconscious.

In some traditions, such as with the Sufis, this behavior is compared to drunkenness. In other cultures, such as Judaism, this trembling is compared to the quaking of profound fear and awe -- for the ego knows it is witnessing the process of its own death.

Poems with the theme of Trembling

  Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said Detached You are, even from your being
  AE (Russell, George William) The Unknown God
  Angelou, Maya A Brave and Startling Truth
  Ansari, Khwaja Abdullah Devotion for Thee
  Attar, Farid ud-Din The moths and the flame
  Aulia, Hazrat Nizamuddin In Allah's garden you gather roses,
  Bahu, Sultan So what if love's idol is hidden? One's heart will never be far away
  Blake, William Trembling I sit day and night (from Jerusalem)
  Broughton, James Easter Exultet
  Broughton, James Take the whole kit
  Carpenter, Edward The sun shines, as of old
  Coleridge, Samuel Taylor Kubla Khan
  Emre, Yunus I haven't come here to settle down
  Feuerstein, Georg Our Worded Universe
  Francis of Assisi Let the whole of mankind tremble
  Govindasvami Holy sixth day
  Granger, Ivan M. Adi Atman 9: you you
  ha Nagid, Samuel Answer Me
  Hafiz Beauty Radiated in Eternity
  Hafiz It Is Time to Wake Up!
  Han-Ch'ing, Kuan Idle Wandering
  Han-Ch'ing, Kuan this autumn scene's worth words paint
  Han-shan (Cold Mountain) You have seen the blossoms among the leaves;
  Hanh, Thich Nhat Contemplation
  Hayati, Bibi How can I see the splendor of the moon
  Ibn al-Farid, Umar Be drunk from it (from The Wine Ode (al-Khamriyah))
  Ibn al-Farid, Umar In memory of the beloved (from The Wine Ode (al-Khamriyah))
  Ibn al-Farid, Umar They say to me: "Do describe it (from The Wine Ode (al-Khamriyah))
  Iqbal, Allama Muhammad To the Saqi (from Baal-i-Jibreel)
  Jayadeva My heart values his vulgar ways (from The Gitagovinda)
  Jayadeva When spring came, tender-limbed Radha wandered (from The Gitagovinda)
  Kabir Many hoped
  Kabir The light of the sun, the moon, and the stars shines bright
  Kalidas (Edwards, Lawrence) What mind can possibly approach you
  Khayyam, Omar [21] Lo! some we loved, the loveliest and best
  Li Bai Alone and Drinking Under the Moon
  Lowitz, Leza Waiting
  Maharshi, Ramana The Marital Garland of Letters
  McCombs, Chris The Tavern
  Merton, Thomas A Psalm
  Milarepa The Song of Food and Dwelling
  Nasimi, Imadeddin At love's most sumptuous feast was I with love made drunk
  Nawaz, Gharib The Second Jesus
  Nematollah Vali, Shah The Sea Is Our Essence
  Neruda, Pablo Poetry
  Oliver, Colin Windswept
  Oliver, Mary The Journey
  Oliver, Mary This World
  Qushayri The round of a cup
  Ramakrishna Is there anyone in the universe
  Reninger, Elizabeth Vision
  Roethke, Theodore The Right Thing
  Roethke, Theodore The Waking
  Rosenstock, Gabriel (8) Barefoot (from Year of the Goddess)
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin At night we fall into each other with such grace
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin What can I do, Muslims? I do not know myself
  Sanai, Hakim Melt yourself down in this search
  Shabistari, Mahmud The Tavern Haunters
  Shabistari, Mahmud The Wine of Rapture (from The Secret Rose Garden)
  Solovyov, Vladimir Near, far off, not here, not there
  Stafford, William Any Morning
  Sun Buer Refining the Spirit
  Symeon the New Theologian In the midst of that night, in my darkness
  Tolkien, J. R. R. The Song of Beren and Lúthien
  Tsogyel, Yeshe This self-sufficient black lady has shaken things up
  Vivekananda Kali the Mother
  Walters, Dorothy The Abundance of Brightness
  Wordsworth, William O joy! that in our embers (from Ode. Intimations of Immortality)
  Yun-k'an Tzu done with the world