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Only breath - poem by Rumi

Watch this video and listen to this wonderful and inspiring poem by Rumi, which talks about Universal Love, outside of Religion, country or ethnicity. Love is all and everything.

Find this and other beautiful love poems in from The Essential Rumi (by Coleman Barks).

Rumi Love poems

Only Breath: Video

Only Breath - Lyrics

Not Christian or Jew or Muslim,
not Hindu, Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religion or cultural system.

I am not from the East or the West,
not out of the ocean
or up from the ground,
not natural or etheral,
not composed of elements at all.

I do not exist,
am not an entity in this world
or the next,
did not decend from Adam or Eve
or any origin story.

My place is placeless,
a trace of the traceless.

Neither body or soul.

I belong to the beloved,
have seen the two worlds as one
and that one call to and know,
first, last, outer, inner,
only that breath breathing human being.


From The Essential Rumi
Translations by Coleman Barks

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