Thursday, August 21, 2008

[Sunlight] "By means of union"



Were it not for the help of the walls,
how should houses and buildings arise?
If each wall were separate from the others,
how would the roof be held up?
Without pen and ink,
how would writing be placed on paper?
If this rush mat were not interwoven,
the wind would carry it away.
Know that since God created pairs of every kind,
all results are produced by means of union.


Gar na-bâshad yâri-ye divâr-hâ
kay bar âyad khâneh o anbâr-hâ
Har yeki divâr agar bâshad jodâ
saqf chon bâshad mo`allaq dar havâ
Ga na-bâshad yâri-ye hebr o qalam
kay fotad ba ru-ye kâghaz yâ raqam
In hasiri keh kasi mi gostarad
gar nah payvandad be-ham bâdesh barad
Haqq ze har jensi cho zawjayn âfarid
pas natâyej shod ze jam`iyat padid

-- Mathnawi VI: 519-523
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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