Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The only lecturer, the only lesson

For lovers, the only lecturer is the beauty of the Beloved:
their only book and lecture is the Face.
Outwardly they are silent,
but their penetrating remembrance rises
to the high throne of their Friend.
Their only lesson is enthusiasm, whirling, and trembling,
not the precise points of law.

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`Âsheqân-râ shod modarres hosn-e Dust
daftar o dars o sabaqeshân Ru-ye Ust
Khâmoshand va na`reh-ye tekrâreshân
mi ravad tâ `arsh o takht-e Yâreshân
Darseshân âshub o charkh o zalzaleh
nah ziyâdâtast va bâb-e selseleh

-- Mathnawi III: 3847-3849
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)

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