Tuesday, February 26, 2008

[Sunlight] "The Beloved is all, the lover just a veil."



The Beloved is all, the lover just a veil.
The Beloved is living, the lover a dead thing.
If Love withholds its strengthening care,
the lover is left like a bird without wings.
How will I be awake and aware if the light of the Beloved is absent?
Love wills that this Word be brought forth.
If you find the mirror of the heart dull,
the rust has not been cleared from its face.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Cümle Mashukast ve ashik perde
zinde Mashukast ve ashik mürde
Çün ne-bashed ishk-ra perva-yi U
u çü murgi mand bi perva-yi u
Men çigune hosh darem pish ü pes
çü0n ne-bashed nur-i Yarem pish ü pes
Ishk hahed k'in suhan birun büved
ayine gammaz ne-bud çün büved
Ayine-et dani çira gammaz nist
z'anki zengar ez rahsh mümtaz nist

-- Mathnawi: I:30-34
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra



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