Posted by: Mark Nielsen | September 27, 2010

The Husk and Core of Masculinity – Rumi

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The Husk and Core of Masculinity

Masculinity has a core of clarity, which does not act

from anger or greed or

sensuality, and a husk, which does. The virile center

that listens within takes

pleasure in obeying that truth. Nobility of spirit,

the true spontaneous energy

of your life, comes as you abandon other motives and move

only when you feel the majesty

that commands and is the delight of the self. Remember

Ayaz crushing the king’s pearl!

Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273)

(translation by Coleman Barks, (c) 2001, in The Soul of Rumi)


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