Tuesday, April 01, 2008

[Sunlight] "The body is a narrow house"



The body is a narrow house,
and the soul within is cramped.
God ruined it so that He might make it a royal palace.
I am cramped like the embryo in the womb:
I've become nine months old.
This migration is now urgent,
but unless the throes of childbirth overtake my mother,
what am I to do?
In this prison I am amidst the fire.
My mother, my bodily nature,
with its death throes is birthing spirit,
so that the lamb may be released from the ewe,
and begin to graze in the green fields.
Come, open your womb, for this lamb has grown big.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Khâneh-ye tang va darun jân chang lut
kard virân tâ konad qasr-e moluk
Chang-lu kam chon janin andar rahem
noh maheh gashtam shod in naqlân mohemm
Gar na-bâshad dard-e zeh bar mâdaram
man darin zendân miyân-e âzaram
Mâdar-e tab`am ze dard-e marg-e khvish
mi konad rah tâ rahad bareh ze mish
Tâ charad ân bareh dar sahrâ-ye sabz
hin rahem bo-g'shâ keh gasht in bareh gabz

-- Mathnawi III: 3555-3559
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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