On this Wednesday 23 March, the 12th day of the "Printemps des Poètes", we share one of the favourite poems of our colleague Keltoum BELAID.
LOVE IS AN INFINITE OCEAN
Love is an infinite ocean,
Of which the heavens are but a flake of foam
Know that it is the waves of love
That turn the wheel of heaven
Without love the world would be lifeless.
Every atom is in love with this perfection
And hurries towards it.
Every moment the call of love rings out on all sides.
If it had not been for pure love
How could I have given the heavens existence?
I have raised this sublime celestial sphere
That you may understand the sublimity of love.
Jalal ad-Din Muḥammad Rumi or Rumi (Balkh, 30 September 1207 - Konya, 17 December 1273) was a Persian mystic poet and philosopher who deeply influenced Sufism. There are half a dozen transcriptions of the name Djalal-el-dine, "majesty of religion" (from djalal, majesty, and dine, religion, memory, worship). He was given the nickname Mawlānā, which means 'our master', at an early age. His name is closely linked to the order of 'whirling dervishes' or mevlevis, one of the main Sufi brotherhoods in Islam, which he founded in the city of Konya in Turkey. He wrote all his poems in Persian (Farsi). Most of his writings were inspired by his best friend, Shams ed Dîn Tabrîzî - whose first name can be translated as "sun of religion" - from the Iranian city of Tabriz.