Thirst drove me down to the water
where I drank the moon’s reflection.

(Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī)


6 thoughts on “Drinking

  1. I cut and pasted your Saying. I don’t know who Rumi is yet and I’ll have to find out. Hope that was alright. Thanks

    • I’ve added a link to the Wikipedia article about Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī. More than happy for you to cut and paste Rumi’s marvellous words — always making sure, of course, that you acknowledge him.

    • The moon reflected in the water is a classic image pointing to enlightment. Slaking one’s thirst is an ordinary everyday life experience; in such quotidian activities is enlightenment to be experienced.

  2. Nice explanation, thank you.
    Reminds me of St. Teresa’s “prayer”, De Noche —
    I know it in the Taizé chant:
    De noche, iremos de noche
    que para encontrar la fuente,
    Solo la sed nos alumbra.

    The thirst —Fountain, Enlightenment, God, only labels —

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