Self-Help

THE MILL, THE STONE, AND THE WATER by Philosopher Poet Rumi


All our desire is a grain of wheat,

Our whole personality is the milling-building.

But this mill grinds without knowing about it.

The millstone is your heavy body.

What makes the stone turn is your thought-river.

The stone says: I don’t know why we do all this,

but the river has knowledge!

If you ask the river, it says,

I don’t know why I flow.

All I know is that a human opened the gate!

And if you ask the person, he says:

All I know, oh gobbler of bread, is that if this stone

stops going around, there’ll be no bread for your

bread-soup!

All this grinding goes on, and no one has any

knowledge!

So just be quiet, and one day turn

to God, and say: “What is this about bread-making?”

 

(translated by Robert Bly)

Voiced by: Maratib Ali Shad

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