It’s love, not reason, which has no reign;
Reason is concerned with interest and gain.
A lover ever gives, not expecting a return.
Like God Who gives freely, for us to learn.
Virtue is to give without any cause;
The Domain of religion, at this point would pause.
Being saved from punishment, or gaining a reward
Is what pulls the masses to religion and the Lord,
But Lovers don’t like to amass and hoard;
Above this plane they’ve risen and soared.
Rūmī (abridged a little; trans. Tawus Raja)
From Liberated Soul: In Memory of Sayyid Hashim Haddad, A Translation of Ruh-i Mujarrad (ICAS Press: London, 2017).
If only this was the ethos with which we pursued our interpersonal relationships; heck, our online discourse, even? Truly splendid jewels from the great master himself.