Thursday, August 28, 2008

[Sunlight] All people are children to the guide



For a newborn child, the father babbles,
though his own intelligence encompasses the world.
One must adopt the child's language
to convey knowledge.
All the people, then, are children to the guide:
this the pir remembers
when he attempts to teach.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Bahr-e tefl-e naw pedar ti-ti konad
garcheh `aqlesh handaseh-ye giti konad
Kam na-gardad fazl-e ostâd az `olu
gar alf chizi na-dârad guyad u
Az pay-e ta`lim ân basteh dahan
az zabân-e khvod berun bâyad
Dar zabân-e u be-bâyad âmadan
tâ biyâmuzad ze to u `elm o fann

-- Mathnawi II:3315-3318
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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