Today, Sunlight offers Rumi's Ghazal (Ode) 1299, from the "Diwan-
e Shams" ("The Collection of Shams"), in a poetic version by Jonathan
Star, and in translation by A.J. Arberry.
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"The King of Love will turn from His lovers." - Lies!
They say, "The darkness will never turn to dawn." - Lies!
They say, "Do not sacrifice your life for love's sake.
When the body dies, you will die." - Lies!
They say, "You can go beyond the cycle of time
but your soul can travel no further." - Lies!
People who are caught in their own vanity say,
"The lives of the prophets are nothing but fairy tales." -
People who have lost their way say,
"The servant can never reach God." - Lies!
"The Knower of Secrets does not tell His
servants all the mysteries of the Unseen." - Lies!
"He does not reveal the heart's innermost secrets.
He does not lift His servants up to heaven." - Lies!
They say, "One who is born of Earth
will never join the angels of heaven." - Lies!
They say, "The Sun of God does not fill this whole world;
He misses a few atoms." - Lies!
Now go to that inner stillness.
Some say, "You will not hear the voice of God there." -
-- Version by Jonathan Star
"Rumi - In the Arms of the Beloved "
Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, New York 1997
They say, "The king of love is not faithful." Lies! They say,
"Your night will never have a dawn." Lies!
They say, "Why do you slay yourself for love's sake? There is
no survival after the body's death." Lies!
They say, "Your tears shed in love are vain; once the eyes are
closed, there will be no encounter." Lies!
They say, "When we have gone outside the cycle of time,
beyond this soul of ours will not travel." Lies!
Those persons who have not escaped from fancy say, "The
stories of the prophets were all mere fancies." Lies!
Those persons who have not gone on the right way say, "The
servant has no way to come to God." Lies!
They say, "He who knows all secrets tells not the servant the
secrets and mysteries of the Unseen without intermediary!" Lies!
They say, "They open not to the servant the heart's secret, and
He does not graciously carry the servant up to heaven." Lies!
They say, "That one who has earth in his composition will
never be familiar with the heavenly host." Lies!
They say, "The ' pure soul will never fly on the wings of love
out of this earthly nest to the free air." Lies!
They say, "that sun of God will never bring retribution for
the several atoms' weight of evil and good of men." Lies!
Keep silent from speaking; and if anyone says to you, "Speech
has no other expression but letters and sounds" -- Lies!
-- Translation by A. J. Arberry
"Mystical Poems of Rumi 1"
The University of Chicago Press, 1968
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