Tuesday, March 25, 2008

[Sunlight] Two opposing objects of desire



If you hear a secret from a friend at midnight,
you'll know that friend when he speaks to you at dawn;
and if two people bring news to you in the night,
you'll recognize them both in the daylight by the way they speak.
If during the night the sound of a lion and the sound of a dog
enter someone's ear and he could not see them in the dark,
when day breaks and they begin to speak again,
the intelligent hearer will know them by their voice.
And so it is, both the Devil and the angelic Spirit
present us with objects of desire
to awaken our power of choice.
There is an invisible strength within us;
when it recognizes two opposing objects of desire, it grows stronger.

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Nim shab chon be-shenavi râzi ze dust
chon sokhan guyad sahar dâni keh ust
Var do kas dar shab khabar ârad torâ
ruz az goftan shenâsi har do-râ
Bâng-e shir o bâng-e sag dar shab resid
surat-e har do ze târiki na-did
Ruz shod chon bâz dar bâng âmadand
pas shenâsadeshân ze bâng ân hushmand
Mokhallas-e in keh Div o Ruh `orzeh-dâr
har do hastand az tatemmeh-ye ekhtiyâr
Ekhtiyâri hast dar mâ nâ-padid
chon do matlab did âyad dar mazid

-- Mathnawi V:3000-3005
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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