Thursday, October 18, 2007

[Sunlight] "This infinite Word is everlasting"



No one has shown the beginning or end of the Infinite.
God said, "If the sea were to become ink . . ."*
Still God's word could not be written out.
Though all the orchards and forests were pens,
still we would be no closer to defining it.
Ink and pens pass away,
yet this infinite Word is everlasting.

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Avval o âkher neshânesh kas na-dâd
goft "Law kâna lahu al-bahr midâd"*
Haft daryâ gar shavad kolli medâd
nist mar pâyân shodan-râ hich omid
Bâgh o bisheh gar shavad yeksar qalam
zin sokhan hargez na-gardad hich kam
Ân hameh hebr o qalam fâni shavad
vin hadis-e bi-`adad bâqi bovad

-- Mathnawi II:3543-3546
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra

*al-Kahf, 109



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