Ali in Battle by Jalaludeen Rumi
Learn from Ali how to fight
Without your ego participating
Gods lion did nothing
That didn’t originate
From his deep center
Once in battle he got the best of a certain knight
And quickly drew his sword. The man,
Helpless on the ground, spat
In Ali’s face. Ali dropped his sword,
Relaxed, and helped the man to his feet.
Why have you spared me?
How has lightning contracted back
Into its cloud? Speak, my prince,
So that my soul can begin to stir
In me like an embryo
Ali was quit and then finally answered,
I’m Gods Lion, not the lion of passion.
The sun is my lord. I have no longing
Except for the one!
When a wind of personal reaction comes,
I do not go along with it!
There are many winds full of anger
And lust and greed. They move the rubbish
Around, but the solid mountain of our true nature
Stays where it’s always been.
There is nothing now
Except the Devine qualities.
Come through the opening into me.
Your impudence was better than any reverence,
Because in this moment I am you and you are me
I give you this opened heart as god gives gifts:
The poison of your spit has become
The honey of friendship