Tuesday, July 08, 2008

[Sunlight] No room for anything but water



The surface of thought's stream
carries sticks and straws--
some pleasant, some unsightly.
Seed-husks floating in the water
have fallen from the fruits of the invisible garden.
Look for the kernels back in the garden,
for the water comes from the garden into the riverbed.
If you don't see the flow of the water of Life,
look at this movement of weeds in thought's stream.
When the water flows more fully,
the husks, our ideas, pass along more quickly.
When this stream has become a torrent,
no care lingers in the mind of gnostics:
since the water has become so swift and full,
there is no longer room in it for anything but water.

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Ru-ye âb ju-e fekr andar ravesh
nist bi khâshâk-e mahbub o vahsh
Qeshr-hâ bar ru-ye in âb ravân
az semâr-e bâgh-e ghaybi shod davân
Qeshr-hâ-râ maghz andar bâgh ju
zânke âb az bâgh mi âyad be-ju
Gar na-bini raftan âb-e hayât
be-negar andar ju-ye in sayr-e nabât
b chon anboh-tar âyad dar gozar
zu konad qeshr-e sovar zutar gozar
Chon be-ghâyat tiz shod in ju ravân
ghamm na-pâyad dar zamir-e `ârefân
Chon be-ghâyat momtali bud o shetâb
pas na-ganjad andaru ellâ keh âb

-- Mathnawi II:3296-3302
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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