Saturday, April 14, 2007

"In union with God, of what value are signs?"


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In union with God, of what value are signs?
The one who is blind to Essence
sees Divine action through the attributes:
having lost the Essence he is limited to evidences.
Those who are united with God
are absorbed in the Essence.
How should they focus on His qualities?
When your head is submerged in the sea,
how will your eye fall on the color of the water?

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To jehat gu man berunam az jehât
dar vesâl âyât ku yâ bayyenât
Son` binad mard-e mahjub az sefât
dar sefât ânast ku gom kard Zât
Vâselân chon gharq-e Zâtand ay pesar
kay konand andar sefât-e U nazar
Chonke andar qa`r ju bâshad saret
kay be-rang-e âb oftad manzaret

-- Mathnawi II:2811-2814
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyل Monastra

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