Tuesday, May 06, 2008

[Sunlight] "If your physician is the Light of God"



Over the years that soft moonlike face
becomes like the back of a Libyan lizard,
and that head crowned with fair hair grows ugly and bald.
Truly these are signs of pain and decay, each a messenger of death.
But if your physician is the Light of God,
no loss or crushing blow is suffered from fever or old age.
The one without Light is an orchard without fruit,
which the autumn will bring to ruin.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Ân rokhi keh tâb-e u bod mâh-vâr
shod be-piri hamcho posht-e susmâr
Vân sar o farq-e gash-e sha`sha` shodeh
vaqt-e piri nâ-khvosh o asla` shodeh
In khvod âsâr-e ghamm o pazhmordegist
har yeki zin-hâ rasul-e mordegist
Lik gar bâshad tabibesh Nur-e Haqq
nist az piri o tab noqsân o daqq
Vânke ânesh nist bâgh-e bi samar
keh khazânesh mi konad zir o zabar

-- Mathnawi V: 968-969; 973; 977
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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