Tuesday, July 25, 2006

"Speech confuses the sight: be silent"

Carry your baggage toward silence:
when you seek the signs of the Way,
don't make yourself the focus of attention.
The Prophet said, "Know that amid the sea of cares
my Companions are like guiding stars."
Fix your eye on the stars and seek the Way;
speech confuses the sight: be silent.

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Rakht-hâ-râ su-ye khâmushi keshân
chon neshân juyi ma-kon khvod-râ neshân
Goft Payghambar keh "Dar bahr-e homum
dar dalâlat dân to Yârân-râ nojum"
Cheshm dar estâregân neh rah be-ju
notq tashvish-e nazar bâshad ma-gu

-- Mathnawi VI:1594-1596
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyل Monastra

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