Clutch at madness instead

On this very rainy Saturday morning in Queensland I wanted to share from one of my favourite of all mystics and poets, Rumi.

Credit to David, a Syntropic Masterclass grad and active part of the community at Syntropic World for bringing this poem to my attention.

Conventional opinion is the ruin of our souls,

something borrowed which we mistake as our own.

Ignorance is better than this; clutch at madness instead.

Always run from what seems to benefit your self:

sip the poison and spill the water of life.

Revile those who flatter you;

lend both interest and principle to the poor.

Let security go and be at home amid dangers.

Leave your good name behind and accept disgrace.

I have lived with cautious thinking;

now I’ll make myself mad.

[ II, 2327 – 32 ]

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī

Photo taken July 24th, 2016

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