ON ENTERING, LIVING IN, LEAVING THE WORLD
Man, you enter the world reluctantly,
crying, as a forlorn babe;
Man, you leave this life, deprived again,
crying again, with regret.
Therefore live this life in such a way that none of it is really wasted.
You have to become accustomed to it
after not having been accustomed to it.
When you have become accustomed to it,
you will have to become used to being without it.
Mediate upon this contention.
Die, therefore, "before you die," in the words of the Purified One.
Complete the circle before it is completed for you.
Until you do, unless you have—
then expect bitterness at the end as there was in the beginning;
in the middle as there will be at the end.
You did not see the pattern as you entered;
and when you entered—you saw another pattern.
When you saw this apparent pattern, you were prevented
from seeing the threads of the coming pattern.
Until you see both, you will be without contentment—
Whom do you blame? And Why do you blame?
Text: Hashim the Sidqi, on Rumi
I remember starting my first blog back in 2003 with this exact same post... Something which I printed on a small piece of paper and carried in my wallet during my high school years. Here I am again. Some things never change. Do they?