Tuesday, July 29, 2008

[Sunlight] Spiritual nudity


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Those who wear clothes look to the launderer,
but the naked soul wears illumination.
Either withdraw from the naked
or take off your clothes like them.
If you can't become wholly naked,
take the middle way
and take off at least some of what you wear.

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Jâmeh-pushân-râ nazar bar gâzorast
jân-e `oryân-râ tajalli zivarast
Yâ ze `oryânân be-yeksu bâz raw
yâ cho ishân fâregh az tan jâmeh shaw
Var na-mi tâni keh koll `oryân shavi
jâmeh kam kon tâ rah-e awsat ravi

-- Mathnawi II: 3524-3526
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
Rumi: Daylight
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra

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