Thursday, September 27, 2007

[Sunlight] "Increase this search"



If continually you keep your hope
quivering like the willow in longing for Heaven,
spiritual water and fire will continually arrive
and increase your subsistence.
And if your longing carries you there, it will be no wonder.
Don't pay attention to your weakness,
but to the intensity of your longing.
For this search is God's pledge within you,
because every seeker deserves to find something of which she seeks.
Increase this search,
that your heart may escape from this bodily prison.
If your spirit shall not live without the body,
for whom is the blessing promised in the words:
in Heaven is your provision?*

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Dam be-dam bar âsmân mi dâr omid
dar havâ-ye âsmân raqsân cho bid
Dam be-dam az âsmân mi âyadet
âb o âtesh rezq mi afzâyadet
Gar torâ ânjâ barad na-bud `ajab
ma-negar andar `ajz va be-negar dar talab
Kin talab dar to gerawgân-e Khodâst
zânkeh har tâleb be-matlubi sazâst
Jahd kon tâ in talab afzun shavad
tâ delet zin châh-e tan birun shavad
Gar na-khvâhad bi badan jân-e to zist
fî al-samâ'i rizqukum* ruzi kist

*al-Dhâriyât, 22

-- Mathnawi V:1731-1735; 1742
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)



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