Find Yourself a Friend find yourself a friend who is willing to tolerated you with patience put to the test the essence of the best incense by putting it in fire drink a cup of poison if handed to you by a friend when filled with love and grace step into the fire like the chosen prophet the secret love will change hot flames to a garden covered with blossoms roses and hyacinths and willow spinning and throwing you a true friend can hold you like God and his universe
About the Author
Translator Nader Khalili (1936–2008) was a world-renowned Iranian-American architect, author, humanitarian, and teacher. Khalili was also the founder and director of the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture (Cal-Earth). Khalili was raised by the poetry of Rumi. As a child, his grandmother would recite Rumi’s poetry to lull him to sleep. He later developed a passion for studying and translating Rumi’s works. Rumi’s poetry also became an intrinsic part of Khalili’s architectural career. Inspired by the mystical poetry of Rumi, his architecture was distilled from the timeless principles of this universe and its timeless materials—the elements of earth, air, water, and fire.