Perfect Gift for Your Beloved – 2 Mystical Poems by Rumi

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“A friend of Joseph [Prophet Yusuf] returned from a far journey.
Joseph asked, “What present have you brought me?”

The friend replied, “What is there you do not possess? What could you need?
Since no one exists more handsome than you, I have brought a mirror
so that every moment you may gaze in it upon your own face.”

– Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

Taken from the book: “Discourses of Rumi“, Or, “Fihi ma Fihi” (Arabic: فیه مافیه)
By Doug Marman, Based on the original translation by A. J. Arberry

What is there that God does not possess? What does He need?
Therefore, bring before God a heart, crystal clear, so that He may see His own perfection. “God looks not at your form, nor at your deeds, but at your heart.”

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Similar idea is also mentioned by Rumi at another place:

You’ve no idea how hard I’ve looked for a gift to bring You.
Nothing seemed right.
What’s the point of bringing gold to the gold mine,
Or water to the Ocean.
Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient.
It’s no good giving my heart and my soul
Because you already have these.
So- I’ve brought you a mirror.
Look at yourself and remember me.

– Jalaluddin Rumi

2 Responses to “Perfect Gift for Your Beloved – 2 Mystical Poems by Rumi”

  • Farinaz Says:

    گفت یوسف هین بیاور ارمغان
    او ز شرم این تقاضا زد فغان
    گفت من چند ارمغان جستم ترا
    ارمغانی در نظر نامد مرا
    حبه‌ای را جانب کان چون برم
    قطره‌ای را سوی عمان چون برم
    زیره را من سوی کرمان آورم
    گر به پیش تو دل و جان آورم
    نیست تخمی کاندرین انبار نیست
    غیر حسن تو که آن را یار نیست
    لایق آن دیدم که من آیینه‌ای
    پیش تو آرم چو نور سینه‌ای
    تا ببینی روی خوب خود در آن
    ای تو چون خورشید شمع آسمان
    آینه آوردمت ای روشنی
    تا چو بینی روی خود یادم کنی

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