“I will speak of love
until you go mad
and join me
in my mad worship
“Having drunk the dregs of Your Love,
I am intoxicated beyond recognition.
Now, I only pray for the nearness of You
so I may advance in my annihilation.”
“One sip of this wine
and you will go mad with drunkenness.
You will drop your masks
and tear your clothes — destroying
everything that separates you from the Lover.
Once you taste the fruit of this vine,
you will be kicked out of the city of yourself.
You will forget the world. You will forget yourself.
I tell you:
you will become a madman
who wanders the streets looking for the Lover
once you drink this Wine of Love.”
“I am humbled by the grace of God.
I am humbled by the beauty of this universe.
Humbled by others’ kindness.
Humbled by life.
I drop down to my knees and give thanks.”
“The lover drinks
and the cup-bearer pours.
The lover thinks
but the cup-bearer knows:
love begets love.
Since this wine is love,
then this cup is love,
then this tavern is love,
then this life is love.”
“Put down your stones.
Why are you breaking the window
when God has left the door wide open?
If you are afraid, lover,
I will guide the way.”
“It is not enough that you look for Him.
You must hunt for God each and every day
as if your life depends on it.
Because it does.”
“As soon as we are born
we hide God in ourselves.
We then spend our lives looking for Him
when all along, He has been concealed behind
the veil of ‘I’.”
“It is wonderful,
this whole business
of tickling and kissing
God every night.”
“Put down your glass,
it is time to dance.
If you want to get drunk
all you need is to drink love.
Put down your pipe
and do away with these childish toys.
If you want to get high
all you need is to breathe love.
can I have this dance?”