Old Man in Fatih Mosque



Fatih Mosque, istanbul

Old man is looking to the past

Only Breath

Not Christian or Jew or Muslim,
not Hindu, Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religion or cultural system.

I am not from the East or the West,
not out of the ocean
or up from the ground,
not natural or etheral,
not composed of elements at all.

I do not exist,
am not an entity in this world
or the next,
did not decend from Adam or Eve
or any origin story.

My place is placeless,
a trace of the traceless.

Neither body or soul.

I belong to the beloved,
have seen the two worlds as one
and that one call to and know,
first, last, outer, inner,
only that breath breathing human being.

from The Essential Rumi translations by Coleman Barks

Hz. Mevlana (Mevlana Jalauddin Rumi)

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3 responses to “Old Man in Fatih Mosque

  1. Pingback: My suggestions, august 2008 « Istanbul through my eyes

  2. Very nice candid portrait. Keep up the good work…

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