Tuesday, November 06, 2007

[Sunlight] "Die before you die"



The Messenger of good tidings said, speaking symbolically,
"Die before you die, generous ones,
even as I have died before death
and brought this reminder from Beyond."
Become the resurrection of the spirit,
so you may experience the resurrection:
this becoming is necessary for seeing and knowing
the real nature of anything.
Until you become it, you will not know it completely,
whether it be light or darkness.
If you become Reason, you will know Reason perfectly;
if you become Love, you will know Love's flaming wick.


Bahr-e in goft Rasul-e khvosh payâm
ramz-e "Mûtû qabla mawt yâ kirâm
hamchonânkeh mordeh-'am min qabl mawt
z-ân taraf âvordeh-'am in sit o sawt"
Pas qiyâmat shaw qiyâmat-râ be-bin
didan-e har chiz-râ shartast in
Tâ na-gardi u na-dâni-'esh tamâm
khvâh ân anvâr bâshad yâ zolâm
`Aql gardi `Aql-râ dâni kamâl
`Eshq gardi `Eshq-râ dâni zobâl

-- Mathnawi VI: 754-758
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra



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