If the stages of your journey were to be named according
to their depiction in these seven sets of poems, they would be:
(1) inquiry; (2) discovery; (3) transcendence; (4) freedom; (5)
action; (6) expansion; and (7) creation.
If each set of poems describes a particular stage
of your journey, then is it possible that the opening lines of the
first and the last poems in every set might be describing how you
feel when you begin or complete that particular stage in the journey?
Can they be treated as “signs” of the beginning and
the end of the corresponding stage?
Sign of the Beginning of Stage 1 (Poem 1)
Love reached at Your doorstep through whatever way
How proud of its seeking, since the path has taken it towards
Sign of the End of Stage 1 (Poem 8)
Spread Your Grace on Unbelief and Belief alike,
Unveil Your Full Moon for all to see.
Sign of the Beginning of Stage 2 (Poem 9)
Why my voice is passionate, bold and mellow is
Because I have an ember in my dust and the morning breeze is blowing
Sign of the End of Stage 2 (Poem 16)
You consider that I am perhaps here for the House,
But am circling the House because I have business with the Lord
of the House Himself.
Sign of the Beginning of Stage 3 (Poem 17)
The rider goes by with a glance at us who sit on
O, hold me, for I am now beyond myself!
Sign of the End of Stage 3 (Poem 24)
O Saki! Give me a drink that should spring tulips
in my conscience:
Blow the April gust on my handful of dust.
Sign of the Beginning of Stage 4 (Poem 25)
I come to you having washed my heart of every image
that the eyes imprint;
I come to you with an empty mind and beg you to cast the coin
of meaning in it.
Sign of the End of Stage 4 (Poem 32)
The world is still a necessity for me on the road
of high desire,
As my heart is still engaged in caravan, belongings and destination.
Sign of the Beginning of Stage 5 (Poem 33)
Winter is over:
Songs have come to life among the branches again.
Sign of the End of Stage 5 (Poem 40)
From Your light arise the black and the white:
The river, the mountain, the desert, the forest, the moon and
Sign of the Beginning of Stage 6 (Poem 41)
Give me the heart whose rapture is from a draught
of its own wine!
Take away this heart, which is self-effaced and given to fancying
Sign of the End of Stage 6 (Poem 48)
Give my heart no time to agitate:
Add a curl or two to your tress!
Sign of the Beginning of Stage 7 (Poem 49)
Embattled with the age,
My soul is like a river weeping among the mountains.
Sign of the End of Stage 7 (Poem 56)
O Lord of the Sun and the Moon! Look at my scattered
Every particle is agitating, look at this wilderness.
The last sign could be rather alarming if you notice
that “scattered dust” usually means death. Could this
narrative be one of those where the main character dies at the end?
That character is you.