It’s fire not just hot air the reed-flute’s cry,
If you don’t have this fire then you should die!
— from the exordium to The Masnavi by Rumi.  Translator Jawid Mojaddedi footnotes:  “The original means literally ‘be non-existent!’  Therefore, ‘then you should die’ is to be understood here not simply as a dismissal, but rather, at the same time, as an instruction to become consumed like the reed by the fire of divine love.’”
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