Thursday, April 10, 2008

[Sunlight] "Draw the Water"



Time is limited, and the abundant water flowing away.
Drink, before you fall to pieces.
There is a famous conduit, full of the Water of Life:
draw the Water, so that you may become fruitful.
We are drinking the water of Khidr*
from the river of the speech of the saints:
Come, thirsty one!
Even if you don't see the water, as skillfully as a blind person,
bring the jug to the river and dip it in.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Vaqt tang va mi ravad âb-e farâkh
pish az ân kaz hajr gardi shâkh shâkh
Shohreh kârizist por-e Âb-e hayât
Âb kash tâ bar damad az to nabât
Âb-e Khezr az ju-ye notq-e awliyâ
mi khvorim ay teshneh-ye ghâfel biyâ
Gar na-bini âb kurâneh be-fann
su-ye ju âvor sabu dar juy zan

*Khidr is the immortal "Green Man" who appears as a guide to those who
are worthy.

-- Mathnawi III: 4300-4304
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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