Tuesday, July 22, 2008

[Sunlight] "The most powerful of attractors"



The belly attracts bread to its resting-place;
the heat of the liver attracts water.
The eye is an attractor of beautiful persons
from these different quarters of town;
the nose is attracting scents from the garden,
while the sense of sight is an attractor of color,
and the brain and nose attract sweet perfumes.
O Lord who knows the secret, preserve us
from these attractions by the attraction of Your grace!
You, Owner of everything, are the most powerful of attractors:
it would be fitting if You would redeem the helpless.


Me`deh nân-râ mi keshad tâ mostaqarr
mi keshad mar âb-râ taf-e jegar
Cheshm jazzâb-e botân zin kuy-hâ
maghz juyân az golestân buy-hâ
Zânkeh hess-e cheshm âmad rang kesh
maghz o bini mi keshad bu-hâ-ye khvosh
Zin keshesh-hâ ay Khodâ-ye râzdân
to be-jazb-e lotf khvodemân deh amân
Ghâlebi bar jâzebân ay Moshtari
shâyad ar dar mândegân-râ vâ khari

-- Mathnawi VI: 2901-2905
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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