Sunlight will be on vacation until September 4th.
Here, Sunlight offers three renditions of verses from the
The Absolute Being works in nonexistence -
what but nonexistence is the workshop of the Maker
Does anyone write upon a written page? Does
anyone plant a sapling in a place already planted?
No, he searches for a paper free of writing, he
sows a seed in a place unsown.
Be, oh brother, a place unsown, a white paper
untouched by the pen!
-- Mathnawi V: 1960-63
Translation by William C. Chittick
"The Sufi Path of Love"
SUNY Press, Albany, 1983
Does anyone write something on a place
that has already been written over,
or plant a sapling where one already grows?
No; he seeks a blank piece of paper
and sows the seed where none has yet been sown.
Sister, be bare earth; be a clean piece of paper
untouched by writing, that you may be ennobled by the pen of revelation,*
so that the Gracious One may sow seed within you.
Bar neveshteh hich be-nevisad kasi
yâ nehâleh kârd andar maghresi
Kâghazi juyad keh ân be-neveshteh nist
tokhm kârd mawze`i keh keshteh nist
To berâdar mawze`i nâ-keshteh bâsh
kâghaz-e aspid nâ be-neveshteh bâsh
Tâ mosharraf gardi az Nûn wa-al-qalam*
tâ be-kârd dar to tokhm ân Zu al-Karam
-- Mathnawi V:1961-1964
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra
The Absolute works with nothing.
The workshop, the materials
are what does not exist.
Try and be a sheet of paper with nothing on it.
Be a spot of ground where is nothing is growing,
where something might be planted,
a seed, possibly, from the Absolute.
-- Mathnawi V: 1960-64
Version by Coleman Barks
"The Essential Rumi"
Castle Books, 1995
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