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Be Lost in the Call by Mawlawi Rumi


"Be Lost in the Call" is a poem written by Mawlawi Rumi. The poem is about David talking to God. David is asking God why did he create a world when only one is needed. God then replies in length about how humans are needed and he created this world to be a place for them since the two worlds could not exist together. For example, God says, "Jesus sat humbly on the back of an ass, my child! / How could a zephyr ride an ass?" In this, God is saying that if Jesus wasn't a human and instead of zephr, how could he then ride a donkey? Therefore, both humans and this world are needed for each other.

"Be Lost in the Call" is made up of eight stanzas with varying lengths.


Be Lost in the Call

Lord, said David, since you do not need us,
why did you create these two worlds?

Reality replied: O prisoner of time,
I was a secret treasure of kindness and generosity,
and I wished this treasure to be known,
so I created a mirror: its shining face, the heart;
its darkened back, the world;
The back would please you if you've never seen the face.

Has anyone ever produced a mirror out of mud and straw?
Yet clean away the mud and straw,
and a mirror might be revealed.

Until the juice ferments a while in the cask,
it isn't wine. If you wish your heart to be bright,
you must do a little work.

My King addressed the soul of my flesh:
You return just as you left.
Where are the traces of my gifts?

We know that alchemy transforms copper into gold.
This Sun doesn't want a crown or robe from God's grace.
He is a hat to a hundred bald men,
a covering for ten who were naked.

Jesus sat humbly on the back of an ass, my child!
How could a zephyr ride an ass?
Spirit, find your way, in seeking lowness like a stream.
Reason, tread the path of selflessness into eternity.

Remember God so much that you are forgotten.
Let the caller and the called disappear;
be lost in the Call.

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