Tuesday, December 05, 2006

"Truth brings joyous tranquility"

Iblis asked, "Can you tell a lie from the truth,
you who are filled with illusion?"
Mu`awiyah answered, "The Prophet has given a clue,
a touchstone to know
the base coin from the true.
He has said, "That which is false troubles the heart,
but Truth brings joyous tranquility."

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Goft chon dâni dorugh o râst-râ
ay khayâl andish por andish-hâ
Goft Payghambar neshâni dâdeh ast
qalb o niku-râ mehakk be-nehâdi ast
Gofteh ast "al-kezb rayb fi al-qolub"
goft "al-sedq tama'nin tarub"

-- Mathnawi II: 2732-2734
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra

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