Tuesday, July 11, 2006

With trust in God

Listen, put trust in God, don't let your hands and feet tremble with fear:
your daily bread is more in love with you than you with it.
It is in love with you and holding back
only because it knows of your lack of self-denial.
If you had any self-denial, the daily bread
would throw itself upon you as lovers do.
What is this feverish trembling for fear of hunger?
In possession of trust in God one can live full-fed.

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Hin tavakkol kon ma-larzân pâ o dast
rezq-e to bar to ze to `âsheq-tarast
`sheqast o mi zanad u mul mul
keh ze bi sabriyet dânad ay fozul
Gar torâ sabri bodi rezq âmadi
khvishtan chon `âsheqân bar to zadi
In tab-e larzeh ze khawf-e ju` chist
dar tavakkol sir mi tânand zist

-- Mathnawi V: 2852-2854
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)

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