Tuesday, October 23, 2007

[Sunlight] When did water ever fear fire?



What is evil?
The needy, base metal.
Who is the shaykh?
The infinite elixir.
Though the copper proves untransmutable,
still the elixir never becomes copper.
What is evil? A fiery rebel.
Who is the shaykh? The sea of eternity.
Fire is always afraid of water,
but when did water ever fear being set aflame?

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Bad cheh bâshad mes-e mohtâj-e mohân
shaykh keh bovad kimiyâ-ye bi karân
Mes agar az kimiyâ qâbel na-bod
kimiyâ az mes hargez mes na-shod
Bad cheh bâshad sarkashi âtesh `amal
shaykh keh bovad `ayn-e daryâ-ye azal
Dâyem âtesh-râ be-tarsânand ze âb
âb kay tarsid hargez ze eltehâb

-- Mathnawi II: 3343-3346
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra



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