The Window of My Soul

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During prayer I am accustomed to turn to God like this 
and recall the meaning of the words of the Tradition,
“the delight felt in the ritual prayer.”*
The window of my soul opens,
and from the purity of the unseen world,
the book of God comes to me straight.
The book, the rain of divine grace, and the light
are falling into my house through a window
from my real and original source.
The house without a window is hell;
to make a window is the essence of true religion.
Don't thrust your ax upon every thicket;
come, use your ax to cut open a window.

Rumi (1207-1273)

* The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing upon him) is said to have mentioned this as one of the three things he loved best in the world.