Tuesday, January 08, 2008

[Sunlight] "The one who earns, gains wealth"



If anybody goes traveling without a guide,
every two day's journey
becomes a journey of a hundred years.
The one who takes up a profession
without having had a teacher
becomes a laughing-stock,
no matter where he lives.
Except perhaps for a single occurrence,
in all the world, is a descendant of Adam
ever born without parents?
The one who earns gains wealth;
it's a rare event
to find a buried treasure.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Har keh dar râh bi qelâvozi ravad
har do ruzi râh-e sad sâleh shavad
Har keh girad pisheh-ye bi ustâ
rish-khandi shod be-shahr o rustâ
Joz keh nâder bâshad andar khâfeqayn
âdami sar bar zanad bi vâledayn?
Mâl u yâbad keh kasi mi konad
nâderi bâshad keh ganji bar zanad

-- Mathnawi III: 588; 590-592
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra



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