If you walk with your eyes closed, for sure you're lost,
But count on sight and you invite damnation.
Don't look within the monastery or mosque
To find a place that isn't a location.
#254, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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