‘The heart is the substance’

by Pierre Marcel

“The deliciousness of milk and honey
is the reflection of the pure heart:

From that heart
the sweetness of every sweet thing is derived.

The heart is the substance,
and the world the accident:

How should the heart’s shadow
be the object of the heart’s desire?

Is that pure heart the heart
that is enamored of riches or power,

Or is submissive
to this black earth and water of the body,
or to vain fancies it worships
in the darkness for the sake of fame ?

The heart is nothing but the Sea of Light:
is the heart the place of vision of God–and then blind ?”

Rumi , Mathnavi III, 2265-9
Translated by Camille Helminski, Kabir Helminski

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