17th December is the Urs of Hz Mawlana Rumi (RA). People of various religious beliefs and cultural backgrounds gather in Konya every year to pay tribute to this poetic and spiritual genius. Mawlana has touched the hearts of millions and his words are a constant reminder to us of the one thing needful: the re-connection with the Beloved.
For more on the Urs celebrations please visit Dar-al-Masnavi. Meanwhile here’s Mawlana himself on the wine of non-existence:
Tonight, take my spirit totally from my body, so that I
may no longer have shape and name in the world!
At this moment I am drunk in Thee – give me another
cup! Then I may be obliterated from the two worlds in Thee,
and be done with it.
When I have been annihilated through Thee and be-
come what Thou knowest, then I will take the cup of non-
existence and drink it, cup after cup.
When the spirit becomes radiant through Thee,
when the candle lights up – if not consumed by Thee it is raw,
Give me now the wine of nonexistence instant by
instant; when I have entered nonexistence, I will not know
the house from its roof.
When your nonexistence increases, the spirit will
prostrate itself to you a hundred times – oh you to whose
nonexistence thousands of existences are slave!
Give me wine, measure by measure! Deliver me from
my own existence! Wine is Thy special grace, intellect Thy
Send up waves from nonexistence to steal me away!
How long will I pace the Oceans shore in fear?
The snare of my king Shams al-Din is catching
prey in Tabriz, but I have no fear of the snare, for I am
— Ghazal 1716
Translation by William C. Chittick
“The Sufi Path of Love”
SUNY Press, Albany, 1983