Thursday, March 13, 2008

[Sunlight] "Living and dying are one"



Wherever the Eternal Command takes its course,
living and dying are one to God's willing servant.
He lives for God's sake, not for riches;
he dies for God's sake, not from fear and pain.
His faith exists for the sake of doing God's will,
not for the sake of Paradise and its trees and streams.
His abandonment of infidelity is also for God's sake,
and not out of fear of the Fire.

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Har kojâ Amr-e Qedam-râ maslakist
zendegi o mordegi pishesh yekist
Bahr-e Yazdân mi ziyad ni bahr-e ganj
bahr-e Yazdân mi merad nah az khawf o ranj
Hast imânesh barâ-ye khvâst-e U
ni barâ-ye Jannat o ashjâr o ju
Tark-e kofresh ham barâ-ye Haqq bovad
ni ze bim-e ânke dar tesh ravad

-- Mathnawi III:1909-1912
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)



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