St. Simeon Skete, Taylorsville Kentucky USA

With St. Simeon, the God receiver, as our patron, the skete seeks to practice the ideals found in our Rule, The Thousand Day Nazareth. In simplicity and poverty, the skete embraces the struggle of inner life through the practice of the Prayer Rope.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

When I die

When I die

When I die
when my coffin is being taken out
you must never think
I am missing this world

don't shed any tears
don't lament
or feel sorry
i'm not falling
into a monster's abyss

when you see my corpse is being carried
don't cry for my leaving
i'm not leaving
i'm arriving at eternal love

when you leave me in the grave
 don't say goodbye
 remember a grave is
 only a curtain
 for the paradise behind

you'll only see me descending
 into a grave
 now watch me rise
 how can there be an end
 when the sun sets
 or the moon goes down

it looks like the end
it seems like a sunset
but in reality it is a dawn
when the grave locks you up
that is when your soul is freed

have you ever seen a seed fallen to earth
not rise with a new life
why should you doubt the rise
of a seed named human

have you ever seen a bucket
 lowered into a well
 coming back empty
 why lament for a soul
 when it can come back
 like Joseph from the well

when for the last time
 you close your mouth
 your words and soul 
will belong to the world
 of no place no time

~RUMI, ghazal number 911, translated May 18, 1992, by Nader Khalili.