Tuesday, January 29, 2008

[Sunlight] Tricks, or right thought?



Students of cunning have consumed their hearts
and learned only tricks;
They've thrown away real riches:
patience, self-sacrifice, generosity.
Right thought opens a way.


Hileh âmuzân jegar-hâ sukhteh
fe`l-ha o makr-hâ âmukhteh
Sabr o isâr o sakhâ-ye nafs o jud
bâd dâdeh k-ân bovad eksir-e sud
Fekr-e ân bâshad ke bo-g'shâyad rahi
râh-e ân bâshad keh pish âyad shahi

-- Mathnawi II:3205-3208
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra



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