The holy warrior is out hunting for martyrdom;
but the martyr of love, his station is higher.
How could these two ever be the same,
come the Day of Judgement?
The first is slain by the enemy,
but the second is slain by the Friend.
(Abu Sa'id Abi 'l'Khayr)
'Love's Alchemy: Poems from the Sufi Tradition'
By David R. Fideler (Author), Sabrineh Fideler (Author)
Working from the original Persian sources, translators and scholars David and Sabrineh Fideler offer faithful, elegant translations that represent the full scope of Sufi poetry. These concise, tightly focused meditations span only a few lines but reveal worlds of meaning. The poems explore many aspects of human life and the spiritual path, but they center on the liberating power of love.