Your Essence is Gold Hidden in Dust

illuminated reeds

“Be thirsty heart,
seek forever without a rest.
Let this soundless longing
hidden deep inside you
be the source
of every word you say.

The time has come to turn your heart
into a temple of fire.
Your essence is gold hidden in dust.
To reveal its splendor
you need to burn in the fire of love.”

–Rumi, quatrains 1010, 1116, Kolin and Mofi translation