Thursday, August 10, 2006

"You who are in love with your intellect"

You who are in love with your intellect
considering yourself superior to worshipers of form
that intellect is a beam
of Universal Intellect cast upon your senses;
regard it as gilded gold upon your copper.

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Ay keh to ham `âsheqe bar `aql-e khvish
khvish bar surat-parastân dideh bish
Partaw-e `Aqlast ân bar hess-e to
`âriyat-e maydân-e zahab bar mess-e to

-- Mathnawi II: 710-711
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra

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