Thursday, September 20, 2007

[Sunlight] Freedom, or the snare



The fowler scatters grain incessantly:
the grain is visible,
but the deceit is hidden.
Wherever you see the grain, beware,
lest the trap confine your wings.
The bird that gives up that grain
eats from Reality's spacious field.
With that it is content and escapes;
no trap confines its feathers.
Many times have you fallen into the snare of greed
and given your throat up to be cut;
but again the One that disposes hearts to repentance
has set you free, accepted your repentance,
and made you rejoice.
O moth, don't be forgetful and dubious;
just look at your burnt wing.


Dâyeman sayyâd rizad dâne-hâ
dâneh paydâ bâshad va penhân daghâ
Har kojâ dâneh be-didi al-hazar
tâ na-bandad dâm bar to bâl o par
Zânkeh morghi ku be-tark-e dâneh kard
dâneh az sahrâ-ye Bi Tazvir khvord
Ham bod ân qâne` shod vaz dâm jast
hich dâmi par o bâlesh-râ na-bast
Bâr-hâ dar dâm-e hers oftâdeh-'i
halq-e khvod-râ dar boridan dâdeh-'i
Bâzet ân Tavvâb-e lotf âzâd kard
tawbeh pezroft va shomâ-râ shâd kard
Kam kon ay parvâneh nesyân o shakki
dar par-e suzideh be-negar to yeki

-- Mathnawi III:2858-2861; 2870-2871; 2879
Translation by Camille and Kabir Helminski
Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra



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