The Loudmouth Protestant

September 12, 2007

A Word From Soren

Filed under: religion,Soren Kierkegaard — nickisym @ 11:59 pm

Just another thought from my favorite theologian/philosopher. This is a follow-up to my last post.

“How wretched and miserable it is to find in a person many good intentions but few good deeds.”
–Dare to Decide, Provocations
Soren Kierkegaard


1 Comment »

  1. The Kurd’s Lost Camel
    Jalaluddin Rumi

    Furuzanfar Divan #2544
    Translated by Ahmad Rezwani and Kabir Helminski
    From the forthcoming Love’s Ripening

    I heard that a certain Kurd

    lost his camel in a desert.

    He searched everywhere for it.

    but after endless searching,

    failing to find his dear camel,

    in sorrow by the side of the road, he fell asleep

    in broad daylight, his heart,

    in a hundred agonies, longed for the camel.

    At last after night fell,

    he awoke from his sleep, his heart still sorely troubled.

    The shining ball of the moon

    had rolled out onto the heavenly polo field.

    And there in the moonlight suddenly he saw the camel

    standing in the middle of the road.

    Tears of joy rolled down his cheeks like April’s rain.

    And turning toward the bright moon, he said:

    “How may I ever describe your radiant beauty?”

    Now, where is the Moon that will shine a light

    on this dark stage of the human theater,

    so that the human intellect

    may come to find what it has lost?

    The Night of Power is in your soul,

    why do you not appreciate it?!

    It stirs you each and every moment;

    why do you not stir it too?!

    It has made you mad,

    taken away your peace of mind.

    It has suffered much sorrow for you;

    so, why don’t you give it a seat in your soul?!

    It is water and you are the stream,

    so why don’t you seek that water flowing inside you?

    It is musk and you are the fragrance,

    so why do you not diffuse yourself?!

    Comment by Phil — October 23, 2007 @ 7:59 am | Reply

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