Love is a stranger to the two worlds:
in it are seventy-two madnesses.
It is hidden; only its bewilderment is manifest:
the soul of the spiritual sultan longs for it.
Love’s religion is other than the seventy-two sects:
beside it the throne of kings is just a floorboard.
In the moments of sema* Love’s bard strikes up the melody:
“Servitude is bondage and power is a headache.”
Then what is Love? The Sea of Not-Being:
there the foot of the intellect is shattered and can no longer swim.
Servitude and sovereignty are known:
the way of the lover is hidden by these two veils.

Hz Mevlana Rumi

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