Tuesday, November 14, 2006

"Seek out the source"

Sunlight fell upon the wall;
the wall received a borrowed splendor.
Why set your heart on a piece of earth,
O simple one? Seek out the source
which shines forever.

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Partaw-e khurshid bar divâr tâft
tâbesh `âriyati divâr yâft
Bar kolukhi del cheh bandi ay salim
watlob asli keh tâbad u moqim

--Mathnawi II: 708-709
Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra

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