Tapestry Texts

Texts that will be used in thje project will be gathered here.

 

Some Rumi texts supplied by Dejan Azdajic

THE INTEREST WITHOUT THE CAPITAL

The lover’s food is the love of the bread;
no bread need be at hand:
no one who is sincere in his love is a slave to existence.

Lovers have nothing to do with with with existence;
lovers have the interest without the capital.

Without wings they fly around the world;
without hands they carry the polo ball off the field.

That dervish who caught the scent of Reality
used to weave basket even though his hand had been cut off.

Lover have pitched their tents in nonexistence:
they are of one quality and one essence, as nonexistence is.

AND

In silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and watch how the pattern improves

 

 

Psalm 139:

For the choir director: A psalm of David.

 

1 O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.

 

2 You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

 

3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do.

 

4 You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord.

 

5 You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.

 

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!

 

7 I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence!

 

8 If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there.

 

9 If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

 

10 even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.

 

11 I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—

 

12 but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you.

 

13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.

 

14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvellous—how well I know it.

 

15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.

 

16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

 

17 How precious are your thoughts about me. O God. They cannot be numbered!

 

18 I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!

 

19 O God, if only you would destroy the wicked! Get out of my life, you murderers!

 

20 They blaspheme you; your enemies misuse your name.

 

21 O Lord, shouldn’t I hate those who hate you? Shouldn’t I despise those who oppose you?

 

22 Yes, I hate them with total hatred, for your enemies are my enemies.

 

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

 

24 Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation

 

A poem by Mr Song:

Kite told me kindly 

 

The kite which was flying

is still flying in the sky.

 

waving his long tail

Turning his face around

boasting in the field.

 

In the newspaper

Hurt a neighbor.

But not everyone is bad.

 

If I understand that others are bad

As Based on the people you saw in the newspaper

 

There will be more distress

There will be pain.

 

The Kite told me

Believe

The truth of your neighbors

Share the pain of them together

 

Kite on the rice field

Still waving the tail from the sky

It is flying toward my face.

 

By Song Sung Hun