Tuesday, June 03, 2008

[Sunlight] "I know very well who I am"



One day a roughneck said to a dervish,
"You're unknown to anyone here."
The dervish replied, "If the vulgar don't know me,
yet I know very well who I am."
What a pity, if the pain and spiritual illness had been reversed
and the bully had seen me as I really am,
while I was blind to myself.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Goft bâ darvish ruzi yek khasi
keh "Torâ injâ na-mi dânad kasi"
Goft u "Gar mi na-dânad `âmmiyam
khvish-râ man nik mi dânam kiyam"
Vây agar bar `aks budi dard o rish
u bodi binâ-ye man, man kur-e khvish

-- Mathnawi VI: 4331-4333
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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