Thursday, June 05, 2008

[Sunlight] The burning away the cloak of temporality



When the kernel swells the walnut shell,
or the pistachio, or the almond, the husk diminishes.
As the kernel of knowledge grows,
the husk thins and disappears,
because the lover is consumed by the beloved.
Since the quality of being sought is the opposite of seeking,
revelation and divine lightning
consume the prophet with fire.
When the attributes of the Eternal shine forth,
the cloak of temporality is burned away.

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Qeshr-e jawz o fostoq o bâdâm ham
maghz chon âgandeshân shod pust kam
Maghz-e `elm afzud kam shod pustesh
z-ânke `âsheq-râ be-suzad dustesh
Vasf-e matlubi cho zedd-e tâlebist
vahy o barq-e nur suzandeh-ye nabist
Chon tajalli kard awsâf-e Qadim
pas be-suzad vasf-e hâdes-râ gelim

-- Mathnawi III: 1388-1391
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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