Thursday, November 30, 2006

"Don't complain of affliction"

Don't complain of affliction,
for it's a smooth-paced horse
carrying you toward nonexistence.

^ ^

Bas ze dard aknun shekâyat bar ma-dâr
kust su-ye nist aspi râhvâr

--Mathnawi, VI:1474
Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra

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anonymous jones said...

So what does Rumi want everyone to do? Just shut up and wait to die? Sounds to me like he had a complaining relative that he wished would hurry up and cark it.

Panevis said...

Dear Jones,
I read your comment in the Sunlight group blog.
You can simply join the groups(Sunlight and Ruminations) and post your question and get your answer.
The Ruminations group is a group to discuss Rumi's poetry and thought. There are very knowledgable people there who, I think, can give you convincing answers.