Thursday, July 17, 2008

[Sunlight] Hearts and minds



If the house of the head is completely filled with crazy passion,
anxiety will fill the heart.
The rest of the bodily members aren't disturbed by thinking,
but hearts are consumed by persistent thoughts.
Take refuge in the autumn gale of fear of God:
let last year's peonies be shed;
for these flowers keep new buds from blossoming,
and it's only for the sake of their growth
that the tree of the heart exists.
Put yourself to sleep and escape from this vain thinking:
then lift up your head into spiritual wakefulness.
Like the Seven Sleepers of the Cave,* pass quickly, O mistress,
into the state of those who are awake
though you would say they are asleep.**

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Khâneh-ye sar jomleh por sawdâ bovad
sadr por vasvâs o por ghawghâ bovad
Bâqi-ye a`zâ ze fekr âsudeh-'and
v-ân sodur az sâderân farsudeh-'and
Dar hazzân o bâd-e khawf-e Haqq goriz
ân shaqâyeq-hâ-ye pârin-râ be-riz
In shaqâyeq man`-e naw oshkuf-hâst
keh derakht-e del barâ-ye ân namâst
Khvish-râ dar khvâb kon zin eftekâr
sar ze zir-e khvâb dar yaqzat bar âr
Hamcho ân As.hâb-e Kahf* ay khvâjeh zud
raw be-ayqâzan keh tahsabuhum ruqûd**

-- Mathnawi VI:4459-4464
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)

*A reference to the story of the Seven Companions of the Cave
and their miraculous sleep of several centuries. Qur'ân: Sûrat
al-Kahf (The Cave).
**al-Kahf, 18:18




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