Soul & The Old Woman

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Soul And The Old Woman ~ Rumi

What is the soul? Consciousness. The more awareness, the 
deeper the soul, and when 

such essence overflows, you feel a sacredness around. It’s 
so simple to tell one who 

puts on a robe and pretends to be a dervish from the real 
thing. We know the taste 

of pure water. Words can sound like a poem but not have 
any juice, no flavor to 

relish. How long do you look at pictures on a bathhouse 
wall? Soul is what draws 

you away from those pictures to talk with the old woman 
who sits outside by the door 

in the sun. She’s half blind, but she has what soul loves 
to flow into. She’s kind; she weeps. 

She makes quick personal decisions, and laughs so easily.

— Mathnawi: VI: 148-50
Version by Coleman Barks