Thursday, July 24, 2008

[Sunlight] Disappearing reflections



Such is the seeker of the court of God:
when God comes, the seeker is no more.
Although union with God is immortality upon immortality,
yet at first that immortality consists in dying to self.
The reflections that are seeking the Light
disappear when His Light appears.
How should reason remain when He bids it go?
Everything is perishing except His Face.*
Before His Face the existent and the nonexistent perish:
existence in nonexistence is truly a marvelous thing!
In this place of presence all minds are lost beyond control;
when the pen reaches this point, it breaks.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Hamchonin juyâ-ye dargâh-e Khodâ
chon Khodâ âmad shavad juyandeh lâ
Garcheh ân vaslat baqâ andar baqâst
lik zavâl-e ân baqâ andar fanâst
Sâyeh-hâyi keh bovad juyâ-ye nur
nist gardad chon konad nuresh zohur
`Aql kay mânad cho bâshad sar deh U
Kullu shay'in hâlikun illâ wajhu*
Hâlek âyad pish-e vajhesh hast o nist
hasti andar nisti khvod torfeh-'ist
Andarin mahzar kherad-hâ shod ze dast
chon qalam injâ resideh shod shekast

-- Mathnawi III:4658-4663
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra

*al-Qasas, 88




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