Wednesday, April 02, 2008

[Sunlight] “Be occupied with what you really value”


Today, Sunlight offers a selection from the Mathnawi, Volume II,
verses 1505 - 1507, in a translation by Professor William Chittick,
and in a version by Camille and Kabir Helminski, accompanied by a
Persian transliteration.


Whenever you entrust your heart to a thought,
something will be taken from you inwardly.
Whatever you think and acquire, the thief will
enter from that side where you feel safe.
So busy yourself with that which is better, so
that something less may be taken from you.

-- Mathnawi II:1505-1507
Translation by William Chittick
"The Sufi Path of Love"
SUNY Press, Albany 1983


No matter what plans you make,
no matter what you acquire,
the thief will enter from the unguarded side.
Be occupied, then, with what you really value
and let the thief take something less.

-- Mathnawi II:1505-1507
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994


Harcheh andishi o tahsili koni
mi dar âyad dozd az ân su k-aymani
Pas bedân mashghul shaw kân behtarast
tâ ze to chizi bord kân kehtarast

-- Mathnawi II:1505-1507
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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