Thursday, April 17, 2008

[Sunlight] "Get yourself a Pir!"



The real fortune and highway of success
lies in the business that comes to you after utter defeat.
Give up the business that has no reality:
pay attention, old donkey, get yourself a Pir!*
May none but the pir be your master and captain!--
not the old man of the rolling sky, Father Time,
but the Pir of right guidance.
What is required is self-surrender,
not long toil: it's useless to rush about in error.
From now on I won't seek the way to the highest heaven:
I will seek the Pir, I will seek the Pir, the Pir, the Pir!
The Pir is the ladder to Heaven:
by whom is the arrow made to fly? By the bow.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Kâr o bâri ket resad ba`d-e shekast
andar ân eqbâl o menhâj rahast
Kâr o bâri keh na-dârad pâ o sar
tark kon hay Pir khar ay pir khar
Ghayr-e Pir ostâd o sar lashkar ma-bâd
pir-e gardun ni vali Pir-e rashâd
Shart taslimast nah kâr-e darâz
sud na-bud dar zalâlat tark tâz
Man na-juyam zin sepas râh-e asir
Pir juyam Pir juyam Pir Pir
Pir bâshad nardobân-e âsmân
tir parrân az keh gardad az kamân

-- Mathnawi VI: 4119-4121; 4123-4125
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra

*Pir, the spiritual guide.




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