Thursday, August 02, 2007

[Sunlight] "The differences among souls



When it comes to human essences,
the foundation of these buildings we build,
know there are differences.
Neither is one person's life like another,
nor is any death the same.
Never think anyone's grave is similar.
How indeed shall I describe the difference that exists
among souls in that other world?
Put your work to the touchstone as you work.

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Pas haqâyeq-râ keh asl asl-hâst
dânke ânjâ farq-hâ va fasl-hâst
Nah hayâtesh chon hayât-e u bud
nah mamâtesh chon mamât-e u bud
Gur-e u hargez cho gur-e u ma-dân
khvod cheh guyam hâl-e farq-e ân jahân
Bar mehakk zan kâr-e khvhod ay mard-e kâr
tâ na-sâzi masjid-e ahl-e zerâr

-- Mathnawi II: 3022-3025
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra



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