Saturday, April 07, 2007

"Paradise is encompassed with pain"


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Your resolutions and purposes now and then are fulfilled
so that through hope your heart might form another intention which He
might once again destroy.
For if He were to keep you completely from success,
you would despair: how would the seed of expectation be sown?
If your heart did not sow that seed,
and then encounter barrenness,
how would it recognize its submission to the Divine will?
By their failures lovers are made aware of their Lord.
Lack of success is the guide to Paradise:
Pay attention to the tradition,
"Paradise is encompassed with pain."*

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`Azm-hâ o qasd-hâ dar mâ-jarâ
gâh gâhi râst mi âyad torâ
Tâ be-tab`-e ân delet niyat konad
bâr-e digar niyatet-râ be-shekand
Var be-kolli bi morâdet dâshti
del shodi nawmid amal kay kâshti
Var ne-kâridi amal az `urish
kay shodi paydâ baru maqhurish
`آsheqân az bi morâdihâ-ye khvish
bâ khabar gashtand az Mawlâ-ye khvish
Bi morâdi shod qelâvoz-e Behesht
"Huffat al-Jannat" shenaw ay khvosh-seresht

*Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad.

-- Mathnawi III: 4462-4467
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyل Monastra)

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