Dear Pilgrim

ShilpaTripathi_ArcticCircle

My memorable trip to the Arctic Circle earlier this year was one moment where I felt completely ‘present’ as to where I was… #lifechanging

I came across this poem today and felt that it was the perfect thing to share. I hope it reminds you, as it did me, that where you are, you were meant to be and where you will be, you deserve to be... ❤ Shilpa

DISCLAIMER: Don’t get bogged down by the ‘religious-ness’ of the text below because it will distract you from the gem of the human truth that this poem contains 🙂
This place where you are right now
God circled on a map for you.
Wherever your eyes and arms and heart can move
Against the earth and the sky,
The Beloved has bowed there –
Our Beloved has bowed there knowing
You were coming.
I could tell you a priceless secret about
Your real worth, dear pilgrim,
But any unkindness to yourself,
Any confusion about others,
Will keep one
From accepting the grace, the love,
The sublime freedom
Divine knowledge always offers to you.
Never mind, Hafiz, about
The great requirements this path demands
Of the wayfarers,
For your soul is too full of wine tonight
To withhold the wondrous Truth from this world.
But because I am so clever and generous,
I have already clearly woven a resplendent lock
Of his tresses
As a remarkable truth and gift
In this poem for you.
~Hafiz

 

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