' Asleep in the daytime '...


This world is a dream, don't be deluded;
if in a dream a hand is lost, it's no harm.

In dreams, no real damage is done if the
body is maimed or torn in two hundred pieces.

The Prophet said of this apparently substantial
world that it is but the sleeper's dream.

You've accepted this as an idea, but the spiritual
traveler has beheld this truth with an open eye.

You are asleep in the daytime; don't say this is
not sleep.


- Rumi

Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996

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