Rabia Poems

Sea of Clouds


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.

- Rabia al Basri

Selected Poems of Rabia al Basri

Translations by D. Ladinsky



Photo Credit: Salil – Sri Chinmoy Centre Gallery.