The ravings which my enemy uttered I heard within my heart - Poem By Rumi

The ravings which my enemy uttered I heard within my heart;
the secret thoughts he harbored against me I also perceived.
His dog bit my foot, he showed me much injustice;
I do not bite him like a dog, I have bitten my own lip.
Since I have penetrated into the secrets of individuals like men of God,
why should I take glory in having penetrated his secret?
I reproach myself that through my doubtings it so happened
that purposely I drew a scorpion towards my own foot.
Like Eblis who saw nothing of Adam except his fire,
by God I was invisible to his insignificant Eblis.
Convey to my friends why I am afflicted in mind;
when the snake bit my thigh I started away from the black rope.
The blessed silent ones, their lips and eyes closed -by a way
unknown to any man, I ran into their thoughts;
Since there is a secret and perfect way from heart to heart,
I gathered gold and silver from the treasuries of hearts.
Into the thought that was like a brazen stove I flung the dead dog;
out of the thought that was like a rose bower I plucked roses and jasmine.
If I have hinted at the evil and good ofm y friends,
I have spun flax like a weaver as the choicest veil.
When my heart rushed suddenly to a heart mighty and aware,
out of awe for his heart I fluttered like the heart.
As you are happy with your own state, how did you fall in with
me? Attend to your own business, for I am neither shaikh nor disciple.
As far as you are concerned, brother, I am neither copper nor red gold;
drive me from your door, for I am neither lock nor key.
Take it as if I had not ever spoken these words;
if you had been in my mind, by God I would not have quarreled.

Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

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