Tuesday, June 10, 2008

[Sunlight] “That costly pearl”



These shells of bodies in the world,
though they are all living
by grace of the Sea of the Soul—
yet there isn't a pearl in every shell.
Open your eyes and look
into the heart of each one.
Find out what is within each one,
for that costly pearl is rarely found.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

in sadaf-hâ qavâleb dar jahân
garcheh jomleh zendeh-'and az bahr-e jân
Layk andar har sadaf na-bovad gohar
chashm be-goshâ dar del-e har yak negar
Kân cheh dârad vin cheh dârad mi gozin
zânke kam yâbast ân dorr-e samin

-- Mathnawi II:1023-1025
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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