Fasting : a poem by Jelaluddin Rumi

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Fasting : a poem by Jelaluddin Rumi

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  • Fasting : a poem by Jelaluddin Rumi

    A poem on the joys of fasting by Jelaluddin Rumi, who was born in what is now Afghanistan in 1207.


    There’s hidden sweetness in the stomach’s emptiness.
    We are lutes, no more, no less. If the soundbox
    is stuffed full of anything, no music.
    If the brain and belly are burning clean
    with fasting, every moment a new song comes out of the fire.
    The fog clears, and new energy makes you
    run up the steps in front of you.

    When you fast, good habits gather like friends who want to help.
    Fasting is Solomon’s ring. Don’t give it
    to some illusion and lose your power,
    but even if you have, if you’ve lost all will and control,
    they come back when you fast, like soldiers appearing
    out of the ground, pennants flying above them.
    A table descends to your tents, spread with other food,
    better than the broth of cabbages.

    Hi guys very interesting
    I would like to state that this 2 day diet was carried out 1400 years ago by the prophet Mohammed (PBUH)
    Although this is not compulsory to Muslims it is a blessing to follow the Prophet’s ways
    Amazing!! Count me in!!

    Well done Mike and Mimi

    I love how Rumi refers to cabbage broth …! I know this isn’t the point of this beautiful poem, but … goodbye Cabbage Soup Diet 🙂

    Christians have also fasted since the Desert Fathers along with meditation and still do but it never gets mentioned. Not the fashionable religion at the mo I suppose.

    I love this poem and have decided to copy it and stick it to the fridge door – I noticed the reference to cabbage soup too, made me smile.

    I love your posting, Michael, poem by Jelaluddin Rumi, thank you , going to remember that : )

    There is a sweetness to retuning back to a small hunger. Most of us have forgotten what hunger feels like while all around us, nature’s creatures-all of them, feel its pang and fight daily to survive another day. I am fortunate in many ways. That I can decide when to feel hunger, can in some respect, be considered a blessing- it is just my good habit. Thank you for bringing this new energy to us. Mindfulness indeed.

    Hi, thats interesting. Judaeism also recommends 2 day fasts per week.

    Love the poem, so creative 🙂

    Wow, thanks for the poem. Truly.
    My cat fasts when she’s unwell, too.

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