Tuesday, December 04, 2007

[Sunlight] "Truly, I am near"



When God gives spiritual awareness to any community,
the face and voice of a prophet
become a miraculous proof.
The prophet calls aloud
and the soul of the community
fall to worship within.
Never had the soul's ear heard a cry like this.
That stranger, the soul, immediately perceiving the wondrous voice,
hears from God's own tongue the words,
"Truly, I am near."

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Dar del-e har ommati kaz Haqq mazeh-st
ruy o âvâz-e payambar mo`jezeh-st
Chon payambar az berun bângi zanad
jân-e ommat dar darun sajdeh konad
Zânkeh jens-e bâng-e u andar jahân
az kasi na-shenideh bâshad gush-e jân
n gharib az zawq-e âvâz-e gharib
az zabân-e Haqq shonud "inni qarib"

-- Mathnawi II: 3598-3601
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra



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