City of Brass

Lend unto God. Give a loan of the leafage of this body,
That in exchange a garden may grow in your heart.
Give a loan, diminish the body’s food,
that you may see that which the eye has not seen.
When the body becomes empty,
God fills it with musk and glorious pearls.

(Jalaluddin Rumi, compilation The Essential Rumi)


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