Lovers vs Intellectuals


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An intellectual is all the time showing off,
Lovers dissolve and become bewildered.

Intellectuals try not to drown,
While the whole purpose of love is drowning.

Intellectuals invent ways to rest,
then lie down in those beds.
Lovers feel ashamed of comforting ideas.

You have seen a glob of oil on water?
That is how a lover is with intellectuals,  there, but alone in a circle of himself.

Some intellectual tries to give sound advice to a lover,
All he hears back is, I love you, I love you.

Love is musk.
Do not deny it when you smell the scent.

Love is a tree.
Lovers, the shade under the long branches.

To the intellectual mind,
A child must grow up and learn to be an adult.

In the station of love,
You see old men getting younger and younger.

Shams chose to live low in the roots for you,
So now, he soars in the air
as your sublimely articulating love.

-RUMI

From The Big Red Book
By Coleman Barks

©2017 Parus

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5 thoughts on “Lovers vs Intellectuals

  1. Parus, you’ll be glad to know that I got my mom to start reading Masnavi (and in Persian! haha!) and now she’s hooked and can’t read anything else.
    I, in my meeker learning, read it in English, but she does a lot of the translating and tafaseer for me.

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    1. She knows Persian? Wow♥ I wish I could understand Arabic and Persian. Sigh…
      That is so typical about Rumi. We can’t just leave him. And you are so lucky that you have someone who is helping you understand Masnavi in Persian because no matter how much we do, we can never get the real essence in translations.
      Thank you for your comment!

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