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Servanthood is easy

          if you are free;

love is sweet

          if you become a lover.

As long as you are still learning,

          do not seek to instruct;

students will arrive

          once you become a teacher.

You will see the Friend’s splendor

          in every direction

if you are guided

          on love’s path.

Yes, it is possible to affirm


if you are joyful

          in your self-negation.

Your nourishment will come

          from love’s breast

if you are reborn into the world

          of love.

You will lose

          your integrity

if you become attached to those

          gathered around you.

O Nurbakhsh, in the end your being will

          become realized only in non-existence,

even if you become a teacher

          to the perfected ones.

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