Only Breath

Only Breath
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Not
Christian
or
Jew
or
Muslim

not
Hindu
Buddhist
Sufi
or
Zen
.

Not
any
religion
or
cultural
system
.

I
am
not

from
the
East
or
the
West

not
out
of
the
ocean

or
up
from
the
ground

not
natural
or
ethereal

not
composed
of
elements
at
all
.

I
do
not
exist

am
not
an
entity

in
this
world

or
in
the
next

did
not
descend

from
Adam
and
Eve

or
any
origin
story
.

My
place
is
placeless

a
trace
of
the
traceless
.

Neither
body
or
soul
.

I
belong
to
the
beloved

have
seen
the
two
worlds

as
one

and
that
one

call
to
and
know

first
last
outer
inner

only
that
breath

breathing
human
being
.

From The Essential Rumi,

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