Saturday, April 07, 2007

“Contentment with God's will”


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The sea doesn't let the fish out,
nor does it let the creatures of the earth in.
Water is the original home of the fish;
the weighty animal is of the earth.
Nothing we do can change this.
The lock of Divine destiny is strong,
and the only opener is God:
cling to surrender and contentment with God's will.
Though the atoms, one by one, should become keys,
yet this opening is not effected except by divine Majesty.
When you forget your own scheming,
happiness will come to you from your spiritual guide.
When you are forgetful of self,
you are remembered by God;
when you have become God's slave,
then you are set free.

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Mâhiyân-râ bahr na-gozârad berun
khâkiyân-râ bahr na-gozârad darun
Asl-e mâhi âb va hayavân az gelast
hileh o tadbir injâ bâtelast
Qofl zaftast va goshâyandeh Khodâ
dast dar taslim zan va andar rezâ
Zarreh zarreh gar shavad meftâh-hâ
in goshâyesh nist joz az Kebriyâ
Chon farâmushet shavad tadbir-e khvish
yâbi ân bakht-javân az pir-e khvish
Chon farâmush khvodi yâdet konand
bandeh gashti ânkeh âzâdet konand

-- Mathnawi III: 3071-3076
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyل Monastra)

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