Sarmad : I searched for your fragrance

The following verse by the ecstatic dervish Sufi Sarmad, also known as Sarmad Kashani (ca. 1590-1661 CE), points to the need for the inner life to reach the goal. For more about Sarmad, see this earlier post.

My heart searched for your fragrance
     in the breeze moving at dawn,
     my eyes searched for the flower of your face
     in the garden of creation.
Neither could lead me to your abode —
     contemplation alone showed me the way.

Translation Isaac A. Ezekiel

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