Do you know where you come from?

You come from the divine sanctuary.

Do you not remember passing through

   those ecstatic spiritual stages?

   Since you have forgotten them

  Now you feel bewildered and lost.

You have sold your soul for a handful of dust.

  What a cheap bargain you have struck!

Give back the dust and recognize your worth

   you are not a slave, you are a king.

It is for your sake that the beautiful hidden ones

                have descended from heaven. ~Rumi


From Rumi’s Little Book of Life: The Garden of the Soul, the Heart, and the Spirit. Translated by Maryam Mafi and Azima Melita Kolin