“The Many Wines” by Rumi

“God has given us a dark wine so potent
that, we leave the two worlds.

 

God made Majnun love Layla so much
that just her dog would cause confusion in him.

 

There are thousands of wines
that can take over our minds.

 

Don’t think all ecstasies are the same.
Jesus was lost in his love for God.
His donkey was drunk with barley.

 

Every object, every being,
is a jar full of delight.
Be a connoisseur, and taste with caution.

 

Any wine will get you high.
Judge like a king, and choose the purest,
not the ones adulterated with fear,
or some urgency about “what’s needed.”

 

Drink the wine that moves you
as a camel moves when it’s been untied,
and is just ambling about.”

 

Written by Rumi

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