Photo: Drinking tea in Algeria; late 1800s.
From each a mystic silence Love demands.
What do all seek so earnestly? 'Tis Love.
What do they whisper to each other? Love.
Love is the subject of their inmost thoughts.
In Love no longer "thou" and "I" exist,
For Self has passed away in the Beloved.
(Farid ud-Din Attar)
Quote Source & Recommended Reading:
'Poetry for the Spirit: Poems of Universal Wisdom and Beauty: An Original and Insightful Anthology of Mystical Poems'
By Alan Jacobs (Editor)
Through this original and insightful anthology of mystical poems we gain glimpses of the spiritual path from poets both famous and forgotten. There are poems from the pens of English language writers as diverse as Sir Philip Sidney, John Donne, Christina Rossetti, W B Yeats, T S Eliot, Ted Hughes and Seamus Heany, as well as literary translations of poetic passages from the Rigveda, the Bible, the Upanishads, BHAGAVAD GITA and TAO TE CHING. With contributions from such legendary writers such as Teresa of Avila, Dante, Rumi, William Blake and Ramana Maharshi. There are 600 poems by over 250 poets. This inspirational collection of poetry invokes the deeper resonance's of the human existence, and the trials and ecstasies of the mystical path. It will sustain and comfort each of us on our own unique pilgrimage of the soul. - This is the greatest anthology of spiritual poetry that has ever been collected. - The sheer range of the source material is extraordinary: it spans all ages from the very early mystics over 4,000 years ago right through to the 20th Century - There are contributions from every spiritual tradition - from every age - 600 poems by over 250 poets.