Muhyiddin ibn Arabi

Brief Biography of Muhyiddin ibn Arabi

Brief Biography of Muhyiddin ibn Arabi

Ibn ‘Arabi is considered by many to be the greatest Sufi philosopher. His was more of a structured approach to Sufi mysticism directed toward gnosis, in contrast to Rumi’s mysticism which was more directed toward ecstatic annihilation in Love. Ibn ‘Arabi was one of the most prolifi... »

My heart has become able

My heart has become able

My heart has become able To take on all forms. It is a pasture for gazelles, For monks an abbey. It is a temple for idols And for whoever circumambulates it, the Kaaba. It is the tablets of the Torah And also the leaves of the Koran. I believe in the religion Of Love Whatever direction its caravans ... »

When we came together

When we came together

When we came together to bid each other adieu You would have thought that we were Like a double letter At the moment of union and embrace. Even if we are made up Of a double nature, Our glances see only One unified being… I am absent and therefore desire Causes my soul to pass away. Meeting do... »

Oh, her beauty–the tender maid

Oh, her beauty–the tender maid

Oh, her beauty–the tender maid! Its brilliance gives light like lamps to one travelling in the dark. She is a pearl hidden in a shell of hair as black as jet, A pearl for which Thought dives and remains unceasingly in the deeps of that ocean. He who looks upon her deems her to be a gazelle of ... »

If what she says is true

If what she says is true

If what she says is true And she feels for me The obsessive desire That I feel for her, Then, in the sweltering heat of noon, In her tent, in secret, We will meet To fulfill the promise completely… We will reveal the passion We feel one for the other As well as the harshness of the trial And t... »

While the sun’s eye rules my sight

While the sun’s eye rules my sight

While the sun’s eye rules my sight, love sits as sultan in my soul. His army has made camp in my heart — passion and yearning, affliction and grief. When his camp took possession of me I cried out as the flame of desire burned in my entrails. Love stole my sleep, love has bewildered me, ... »

If what she says is true

If what she says is true

If what she says is true And she feels for me The obsessive desire That I feel for her, Then, in the sweltering heat of noon, In her tent, in secret, We will meet To fulfill the promise completely… We will reveal the passion We feel one for the other As well as the harshness of the trial And t... »

While the sun’s eye rules my sight

While the sun’s eye rules my sight

While the sun’s eye rules my sight, love sits as sultan in my soul. His army has made camp in my heart — passion and yearning, affliction and grief. When his camp took possession of me I cried out as the flame of desire burned in my entrails. Love stole my sleep, love has bewildered me, ... »

In the Mirror of a Man

In the Mirror of a Man

She said: I wondered at a love that struts its glory through the garden’s flowers as they blossom. I said: don’t wonder at what you see. You see yourself in the mirror of a man. by Muhyiddin ibn Arabi English version by Michael A. Sells Original Language Arabic Hits: 23 »

In Memory of Those Who Melt the Soul Forever

In Memory of Those Who Melt the Soul Forever

Their spring meadows are desolate now. Still, desire for them lives always in our heart, never dying. These are their ruins. These are the tears in memory of those who melt the soul forever. I called out, following after love-dazed: You so full with beauty, I’ve nothing! I rubbed my face in th... »

As Night Let its Curtains Down in Folds

As Night Let its Curtains Down in Folds

Peace, Salma, and peace to those who halt awhile at al-Hima. It is right for one like me to greet you. Would it have hurt her to return the greeting? Ah, but a statuette goddess is beyond control. They left as night let its curtains down in folds. I told them of a lover strange and lost, Surrounded ... »