Thursday, April 03, 2008

[Sunlight] "Partake of God's food"



When it comes to material food, if you eat too little,
you'll stay hungry like the crow and become angry and anemic;
if you eat your fill, you'll get indigestion.
Partake of God's food, which is easily absorbed,
and ride like a ship on the ocean of spirit.
Be patient and persistent in fasting: keep expecting God's Food.
For God, who acts with goodness and is long-suffering,
bestows His gifts on those who are hopeful.
The full-fed person doesn't wait expectantly for bread,
wondering when it might arrive;
but the one who is without food keeps asking, "Where is it?"
hungrily hopeful, that one watches for it.
Unless you are hopeful, that abundant felicity will not come to you.

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Gar khvori kam gorosneh mâni cho zâgh
var khvori por girad ârughet demâgh
Az ta`âm Allâh o qut khvosh govâr
bar chonân daryâ cho kashti shaw sovâr
Bâsh dar ruzeh shakibâ o moserr
dam be-dam qut-e Khodâ-râ montazer
K-ân Khodâ-ye khub kâr bord-bâr
hadyeh-hâ-râ mi dehad dar entezâr
Entezâr-e nân na-dârad mard-e sir
keh sabok âyad vazifeh yâ keh dir
Bi navâ har dam hami guyad keh ku
dar majâ`at montazer dar jost o ju
Chon na-bâshi montazer na-âyad beh-to
ân navâleh-ye dawlat haftâd-e to

-- Mathnawi V: 1746-1753
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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