Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Poetry Wednesday--Hakim Sanai

As you fill with wisdom,
and your heart with love,
there's no more thirst.
~ Hakim Sanai (Afghanistan, 11th Century)

This poem by Hakim Sanai reminds me that thirst is a common spiritual metaphor the world over because it is a common human condition.

Jesus, who we must remember, was also Middle Eastern, used water and thirst as a spiritual metaphor as well.
Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.
 

In both Sanai's poem and Jesus' teaching, love is the water that will quench thirst and lead us to oneness with the Divine.

2 comments:

stephanie said...

I just found your blog today . I saw you have what you call Music Monday. I don't know if you have had any of Jackie Evancho's music featured but she is a wonderful young girl from the Pittsburgh Diocese . For you and your readers who may not be aware of her, here are some videos:
Hail Mary(Ave Maria)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6X88a0ssms
Our Father (The Lords Prayer)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qayluuujauM
PIe Jesu
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbjWz_WIhSE
To Believe
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hx9Acrv1H4
The Impossible Dream
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6N_JyDMQf4

Dymphna said...

Thanks, Stephanie. I'm going to have to check her out!

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