Thursday, February 22, 2007

"From a thought, every craft in the world"


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When you see that from a thought,
every craft in the world arises and subsists —
that houses and palaces and cities,
mountains and plains and rivers,
earth and ocean as well as sun and sky,
derive their life from it, as fish from the sea —
then why in your foolishness, O blind one,
does the body seem to you a Solomon,
and thought only as an ant?

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Pas cho mi bini keh az andisheh-'i
qâyemast andar jahân har pisheh-'i
Khâneh-hâ o qasr-hâ o shahr-hâ
kuh-hâ o dasht-hâ o nahr-hâ
Ham zamin o bahr va ham mehr o falak
zendeh az vay hamcho az daryâ samak
Pas che-râ az ablahi pish-e to kur
tan Solaymânast va andisheh cho mur

-- Mathnawi, II:1034-1037
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyل Monastra

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