Jalal-ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, the great 13th century Sufi mystic and poet, died on December 17th, 1273. This day is a sacred Sufi holiday, known as Sheb-i-Arus (Rumi's Wedding Night), for this is when he was finally reunited with his divine Beloved.
When I die, when my coffin is being taken out, you must never think
I am missing this world.
Don't shed any tears, don't lament or feel sorry
I'm not falling into a monster's abyss.
When you see my corpse is being carried, don't cry for my leaving
I'm not leaving,
I'm arriving at eternal love.
When you leave me in the grave, don't say goodbye.
Remember a grave is only a curtain for the paradise behind.
You'll only see me descending into a grave.
Now watch me rise how can there be an end when the sun sets or the moon goes down.
It looks like the end
it seems like a sunset,
but in reality it is a dawn
when the grave locks you up