Blue Note

From Chapter 5 of Rumi’s Masnavi-ye Manavi:

Melancholy may enter your soul, and ambush your happiness; but it will prepare you for true joy. Melancholy drives out all other emotions and feelings, so the source of all goodness may occupy the whole house. It shakes the yellow leaves from the tree, allowing fresh leaves to grow. It pulls up old bodily pleasures by the roots, allowing divine spiritual pleasures to be planted. Melancholy takes many things from the soul, in order to bring better things in return.

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4 Comments

  1. the one eyed man says

    Nah, melancholy sucks. Don’t worry, be happy.

    John Stuart Mill wrote “better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a pig satisfied.” I’m not so sure. Oink!

    Posted February 7, 2006 at 10:45 pm | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    Talk about “pearls before swine”…!

    Posted February 7, 2006 at 11:12 pm | Permalink
  3. Does the ‘Blue Note’ Label still exist?

    Posted February 9, 2006 at 1:12 pm | Permalink
  4. Malcolm says

    It does indeed, Bill, and you can find them here. I’ve made quite a few albums for them over the years.

    Posted February 9, 2006 at 1:16 pm | Permalink