Thursday, July 06, 2006

"How should he have any doubt?"

Since wisdom is the stray camel of the faithful believer,
he knows it with certainty from whomever he hears it.
When he finds himself right in front of it,
how should he have any doubt?
How should he mistake himself?

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Pas cho hekmat zâlleh-ye mo'men bovad
ân ze har keh bo-sh'nud muqen bovad
Chonke khvod-râ pish-e u yâbad faqat
chon bovad shakk chon konad khvod-râ ghalat

-- Mathnawi II: 3591-3592
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra

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