A Rumi Thanksgiving Poem

Thanksgiving is sweeter than bounty itself.
One who cherishes gratitude does not cling to the gift!
Thanksgiving is the true meat of God’s bounty;
the bounty is its shell,
For thanksgiving carries you to the hearth of the Beloved.
Abundance alone brings heedlessness,
thanksgiving gives birth to alertness…
The bounty of thanksgiving will satisfy and elevate you,
and you will bestow a hundred bounties in return.
Eat your fill of God’s delicacies,
and you will be freed from hunger and begging.

- Rumi

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

O Lord, in these hard times, we thank Thee for the bounty of our table, when so many in the world go hungry.
And we thank Thee for our family and friends, when so many in the world walk alone.

Amen.

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3 Responses to A Rumi Thanksgiving Poem

  1. Lat says:

    Beautifully said! Thanks for sharing!

  2. rubina says:

    true :)

  3. Inspiring!
    Especially meaningful to me is the line “One who cherishes gratitude does not cling to the gift.” I take this to mean that the ego will never be involved in true gratitude. With a grateful heart, implies Rumi, gifts are part of a bountiful river, running through life.
    By this river, we throw the fish back in.

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