Rabia Al Basri

(717 - 801 / Basra / Iraq)

Reality

Poem by Rabia Al Basri

In love, nothing exists between heart and heart.
Speech is born out of longing,
True description from the real taste.
The one who tastes, knows;
the one who explains, lies.
How can you describe the true form of Something
In whose presence you are blotted out?
And in whose being you still exist?
And who lives as a sign for your journey?


Comments about Reality by Rabia Al Basri

  • Geeta Radhakrishna MenonGeeta Radhakrishna Menon (5/6/2020 1:31:00 AM)

    True description from the real taste.
    The one who tastes, knows;
    the one who explains, lies........A poetess with a spiritual foresight '''much beyond the ordinary...10(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (3/12/2020 12:25:00 AM)

    In love, nothing exists between heart and heart.
    Speech is born out of longing, ...// wow great introspective and insightful writings; love this mystical saint poetess always; love her life activities/// superb poem shared(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (3/11/2020 11:01:00 PM)

    One day the master of the house spied her at her devotions. There was a divine light enveloping her as she prayed. Shocked that he kept such a pious soul as a slave, he set her free. Rabia went into the desert to pray and became an ascetic. Unlike many sufi saints she did not learn from a teacher or master but turned to God himself. True Devotional by the great poetess Rabia Al Basri. A finestb read.(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (3/11/2020 10:53:00 PM)

    The one who tastes, knows;
    the one who explains, lies.
    How can you describe the true form of Something
    In whose presence you are blotted out? .........................Magnificently worded, a very precious classic poem of faith. About The Truth and nothing but The Truth.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (3/11/2020 10:43:00 AM)

    The one who tastes, knows;
    the one who explains, lies.
    How can you describe the true form of Something
    In whose presence you are blotted out? very fine poem and thinking. tony(Report)Reply

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  • HABEEBURAHMAN KV (3/11/2020 7:43:00 AM)

    Rabiyatul Adawiyya, the sufi mystic.......
    " O Lord, if I worship You because of Fear of,
    then burn me in;

    If I worship You because I desire Paradise,
    then exclude me from Paradise;

    But if I worship You for Yourself alone,
    then deny me not your Eternal Beauty(Report)Reply

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  • Dominic WindramDominic Windram (3/11/2020 5:30:00 AM)

    Beautiful, profound and spiritually significant poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (3/11/2020 2:09:00 AM)

    This is really a beautiful poem on reality. Touchingly inscribed.(Report)Reply

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  • Aniruddha PathakAniruddha Pathak (3/11/2020 12:52:00 AM)

    First poem of this poet for me,
    I must look up more(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (3/12/2019 12:14:00 AM)

    Heart to heart transaction without any intermediary is the true love. An enchanting poem and a classic indeed.(Report)Reply

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  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (3/11/2019 1:53:00 PM)

    dang! this is the second poem, i think, by rabia al basri, that i've encountered here in ph, and i'm thinking i need to look her up in my local library catalog and, if there's a book by her or with her work, reserve it. so first, to ph, thanks for introducing her to me. this poem is packed with truth in its nine lines. lines 2-7 especially impact me. -gk(Report)Reply

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  • Lina Katsorchi (3/11/2019 11:52:00 AM)

    Beauty and depth, all enclosed within a few meaningful lines. Nicely crafted. Well done!(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (3/11/2019 10:46:00 AM)

    'How can you describe the true form of Something
    In whose presence you are blotted out? '.. is true. A beauty on love. Loved it.(Report)Reply

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  • Ravi Kopra (3/11/2019 10:04:00 AM)

    Mohabbat main do dil jud jatay hain
    un k beech kuch nahin rehta(Report)Reply

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair(DPN) (3/11/2019 10:04:00 AM)

    How can you describe the true form of Something, fine write(Report)Reply

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  • Savita Tyagi (3/11/2019 9:49:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem. True to its core.(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (3/11/2019 5:09:00 AM)

    In love, nothing exists between heart and heart.
    //// beautiful expression
    O
    love is love
    love is love
    love is love
    no heart here is
    no soul here is
    no flesh here is
    no body here is
    nothing; nothing here is!

    this is love
    out of everything!
    untouched, unseen
    but known to all with belief.......!(Report)Reply

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  • Michael HopkinsMichael Hopkins (3/11/2019 4:27:00 AM)

    Very insightful poem. Yes, how can the finite explain the infinite. Well said.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (3/11/2019 3:36:00 AM)

    In love, nothing exists between heart and heart.
    Speech is born out of longing,
    True description from the real taste.. living as a sign for your journey.excellent(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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