One Breath

From pre-eternity to post-eternity
is but a single breath,
A breath free of all these melodies
high and low.

Treasure this breath,
this moment you now enjoy.
Spend it in happiness: there is
no time for sorrow.

Once this moment has passed,
it is gone forever.
Your time is less
than the very least you can imagine.

If you spend this moment laughing,
the world will be all laughter.
But if you fall into depression,
the world will be all sorrow.

Don’t give your heart to this unstable
transitory world
With all its ups and downs,
its twists and turns.

Lighten another’s heart;
be light of heart yourself,
For the highest gain in the world
is this.

Take care, Nurbakhsh,
not to hurt any heart,
For this is more valuable
than any crown or throne.

Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh (1926 – 2008), from Vol. 46, Sufi Journal.

Ya Haqq!


13 Responses to One Breath

  1. Achelois says:

    What a beautiful poem! What a beautiful poet!

  2. Achelois says:

    May Allah have mercy on Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh’s soul and grant him Jennah, ameen.

  3. Irving says:

    Ameen! Ameen! Thank you, dearest Sister Achelois, for the prayer. His light of loving-kindness is so alive in my heart even now.

    Ya Haqq!

  4. rubi says:

    Wonderful beautiful lines. God bless the person who wrote it- Ameen.

  5. Maithri says:

    These are magnificent words dear brother,

    They fill my heart with love….. Truly his spirit is alive in the world….

    Bless you dear Brother for all that you are and share with the world….

    Your words are angels lifting us to a remembrance of our purpose,

    Thank you always for the love that you are,


  6. Rabu says:

    Masallah! wonderful…
    specillay the below lines toch me a lot
    “not to hurt any heart
    For this is more valuable
    than any crown and throne”

  7. Ya Haqq!

    Thanks for share the beautiful poem from our alive master.

  8. siska says:

    thanks irving, it lighten up my day…i would like to re post in my note, face book.. i will write down your blog address as well

  9. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Brothers and Sisters:

    Thank you all for the kind words on my late Master’s poem :) And Sister Siska, of course you may post the poem in your note on Facebook. Thank you for adding it.

    Ya Haqq!

  10. Saha says:

    Salams dear Irving, this is a beautiful poem, I will be presumptuous if I may and also post this in a note on my facebook!

  11. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Saha:

    Of course you may use it in a facebook note :) Inshallah, it will be of benefit to those that read it.

    Ya Haqq!

  12. priya says:

    filled my heart with love love and more love……may Lord grant Dr Noorbakhash eternal peace……

  13. Anum says:

    Salam brother Irving :)
    What a powerful poem! Loved reading it… Thank you! :)

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