I have loved Thee with two loves –
a selfish love and a love that is worthy of Thee.
As for the love which is selfish,
Therein I occupy myself with Thee,
to the exclusion of all others.
But in the love which is worthy of Thee,
Thou dost raise the veil that I may see Thee.
Yet is the praise not mine in this or that,
But the praise is to Thee in both that and this.
Selected Poems of Rabia al Basri
- Dream Fable
- If I Adore You
- My Beloved
- My God and My Lord
- My greatest Need is You
- Take away the words of the devil
- With My Beloved
Translations by D. Ladinsky
Photo Credit: Salil – Sri Chinmoy Centre Gallery.