What is love, I ask the sky for the umpteenth time,
though it remained steeped in a silence, incessant,
as it has always been, like the clouds and the night,
no thunders cracked or roared upon the Himavant!

     

I turned back to life on earth, countless and counting,
to hurl the spear at its face and find the real truth,
to have the why, what, how and who of love being seen,
either in the madding crowd or in solitude!

       

In the end I stared back at the mirror to face
my reflection and looked straight into its fierce eyes,
I could see a vicious fire with licking flames
with petty values restrained by sour walls, inside!

      

Could the image, I wondered, tell me what I sought,
so it did, wondrously well and said, ‘Love is God!’

     

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16 thoughts on “What is Love?

  1. Oh my.. I have that striking imagery of the spear stuck in my head now. What riveting lines!! I can almost hear the sound of heavens applauding at this!
    Lovely!

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  2. “Listen, O dearly beloved!
    I am the reality of the world, the centre of the circumference,
    I am the parts and the whole.
    I am the will established between Heaven and Earth,
    I have created perception in you only in order to be the
    object of my perception.
    If then you perceive me, you perceive yourself.
    But you cannot perceive me through yourself,
    It is through my eyes that you see me and see yourself,
    Through your eyes you cannot see me.

    Dearly beloved!
    I have called you so often and you have not heard me
    I have shown myself to you so often and you have not
    seen me.
    I have made myself fragrance so often, and you have
    not smelled me.
    Savorous food, and you have not tasted me.
    Why can you not reach me through the object you touch
    Or breathe me through sweet perfumes?
    Why do you not see me? Why do you not hear me?
    Why? Why? Why?”

    Ibn Arabi

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