Monday, January 28, 2008

[Sunlight] Unite the scattered parts


Here, Sunlight offers three presentations from the Mathnawi,
volume 3, verses 3287 -- 3299:

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The gold of your intelligence
is scattered over many clippings and bits
of wanting. Bring them all together
in one place. How else can I stamp it?

Think how a great city concentrates
around a point. Damascus or Samarcand.
Grain by grain, collect the pieces.

The Beloved then becomes food and water,
lamp and helper, dessert and wine.
Many-ness is confusion and intellectual talk.

Silence gives answers. I know that,
but my mouth keeps opening involuntarily
like a yawn or a sneeze.

-- Mathnawi IV: 3287-3299
Version by Coleman Barks
Delicious Laughter
Maypop, 1990


Your intelligence is split into a hundred busy tasks,
in thousands of desires, in large and small things.
You must unite these scattered parts with love and
become as sweet as Samarkand and Damascus.
Once you are unified, grain by grain, then you can be
stamped with the royal seal.

-- Mathnawi IV: 3288/3290
Version by Muriel Maufroy
Breathing Truth - Quotations from Jalaluddin Rumi
Sanyar Press - London, 1997


Your intelligence is spread over a hundred "important" affairs,
over thousands of desires and concerns great and small.
You must unite the scattered parts by means of love,
so that you may become as sweet as Damascus and Samarkand.
When you have become united,
particle by particle, from out of perplexity,
then it is possible to stamp the King's seal on you.


`Aql-e to qesmat shodeh bar sad mohemm
bar hazârân ârzu o temm o remm
Jam` bâyad kard ajzâ-râ beh `eshq
tâ shavi khvosh chon Samarqand o Demashq
Joz jozi chon jam` gardi ze eshtebâh
pas tavân zad bar to sekkeh-ye Padeshâh

-- Mathnawi IV: 3288-3290
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra

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