Tuesday, May 27, 2008

[Sunlight] "The soul's true coin"



The High God lays upon our body, O lion-hearted,
heat and cold and grief and pain,
fear and hunger and poverty and illness—
all for the soul—
so the soul's true coin may be seen and used.


Haqq Ta`âlâ garm o sard o ranj o dard
bar tan-e mâ mi nehad ay shir mard
Khawf o ju` va naqs-e amvâl o badan
jomleh be-har naqd-e jân zâher shodan

-- Mathnawi II: 2963-2964
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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