Thursday, January 24, 2008

[Sunlight] "Knock at the door of your own heart"



There's a basket full of loaves on your head,
yet you're begging for crusts of bread from door to door.
Pay attention to your own head, abandon giddiness.
Why are you knocking at every other door?
Go, knock at the door of your own heart.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Yek sapad por-e nân torâ bar farq-e sar
to hami khvâhi lab-e nân dar be-dar
Dar sar-e khvod pich hel khireh-sari
raw dar del zan cherâ bar har dari

-- Mathnawi V: 1073-1074
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)



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