Thursday, May 15, 2008

[Sunlight] "Where there is pain, the cure will come"



Where there is pain, the cure will come;
where the land is low, water will run.
If you want the water of mercy, go, become low!
Then drink mercy's wine and become drunk (Mathnavi II 1939-40)

-- Translation by William C. Chittick
"The Sufi Path of Love"
State Univ. of New York Press, Albany, 1983


Lovingkindness is drawn to the saint, as medicine goes
to the pain it must cure.
Where there is pain, the remedy follows:
wherever the lowlands are, the water goes.
If you want the water of mercy, make yourself low;
then drink the wine of mercy and be drunk.
Mercy upon mercy rises to your head like a flood.
Don't settle on a single mercy, O son.
Bring the sky beneath your feet
and listen to celestial music everywhere.

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Mehrbâni shod shekâr-e shirmard
dar jahân dâru na-juyad ghayr-e dard
Har kojâ dardi davâ ânjâ ravad
har kojâ pastist âb ânjâ davad
b-e rahmat bâyadet raw past shaw
v-ângahân khvor khamr-e rahmat mast shaw
Rahmat andar rahmat âmad tâ be-sar
bar yeki rahmat foru ma-â ay pesar
Charkh-râ dar zir-e pâ ay shojâ`
Be-shenaw az fawq-e falak bâng-e samâ`

-- Mathnawi II: 1938-1942
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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