like the face of a mirror that contains no images


yellow tulips and black tulips, istanbul tulip festival, istanbul, pentax k10d

yellow tulips and black tulips, istanbul tulip festival, istanbul, pentax k10d

Everyone is so afraid of death, but the real sufis just laugh: nothing tyrannizes their hearts. What strikes the oyster shell does not damage the pearl.


Mevlana
Let go of your worries
and be completely clear-hearted,
like the face of a mirror
that contains no images.
If you want a clear mirror,
behold yourself
and see the shameless truth,
which the mirror reflects.
If metal can be polished
to a mirror-like finish,
what polishing might the mirror
of the heart require?
Between the mirror and the heart
is this single difference:
the heart conceals secrets,
while the mirror does not.

Mevlana (The Divani Shamsi Tabriz, XIII)

taken by Pentax K10D, at Istanbul

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