Thursday, March 27, 2008

[Sunlight] Borrowed wisdom



O brother, Wisdom is pouring into you
from the beloved saint of God.
You've only borrowed it.
Although the house of your heart
is lit from inside,
that light is lent by a luminous neighbor.
Give thanks; don't be arrogant or vain;
pay attention without self-importance.
It's sad that this borrowed state
has put religious communities
far from religious communion.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Ay barâdar bar to hekmat jâriyast
ân ze abdâl ast va bar to `âriyast
Garche dar khvod khâneh nuri yâftast
ân ze hamsâyeh-ye monavver tâftast
Shokr kon gherreh ma-shaw bini ma-kon
gushdâr va hich khvod bini ma-kon
Sad darigh o dard kin `âriyati
ommatân-râ dur kard az ommati

-- Mathnawi I: 3255-3258
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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