Saturday, April 07, 2007

"How can you remain blind to His command?"


You make a hundred resolutions to journey somewhere:
He draws you somewhere else.
He turns the horse's bridle in every direction
that the untrained horse may gain knowledge of the rider.
The clever horse is well-paced
because it knows a rider is mounted upon it.
He fixed your heart on a hundred passionate desires,
disappointed you, and then broke your heart.
Since He broke the wings of your first intention,
how do you doubt the existence of the Wing-breaker?
Since His ordainment snapped the cord of contrivance,
how can you remain blind to His Command?

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Sad `azimat mi koni bahr-e safar
mi keshânad mar torâ jâ-ye degar
Zân be-gardânad bahr-e su ân legâm
tâ khabar yâbad ze fâres asb-e khâm
Asb-e zirak sâr zân nikupay ast
ku hami dânad keh fâres bar vay ast
U delet-râ bar dosad sawdâ be-bast
bi morâdet kard pas del-râ shekast
Chon shekast U bâl-e ân rây-e nokhost
chon na-shod hasti-ye Bâl-eshkan dorost
Chon qazâyesh habl-e tadbiret sokost
chon na-shod bar to qazâ-ye ân dorost

-- Mathnawi III: 4456-4461
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyل Monastra)

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