Tuesday, August 26, 2008

[Sunlight] "Does such a being exist?"



"I am searching everywhere for a human being who is alive
with the life inspired by divine breath.
Does such a being exist?"
"This bazaar," said the other, "is crowded with human beings."
The sage answered, "I want one
who is a human being on the two-eyed road:
in the moment of anger and at the time of desire.
Where is someone who is a human being
both when anger comes and at the moment of appetite?
From street to street, I search for someone like that.
Where in the world is one who remains human in both these
I would devote my life to such a human being."

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Goft "Mi juyam beh-har su âdami
keh bovad hayy az hayât-e ân dami
Hast mardi?" Goft "In bâzâr por
mard mânand âkhar ay dânâ-ye horr"
Goft "Khvâham mard bar jâdeh-ye do rah
dar rah-e cheshm o be-hangâm-e sharah
Vaqt-e kheshm o vaqt-e shahvat mard ku
tâleb-e mardi-vânam ku beh-ku
Ku darin do hâl mardi dar jahân
tâ fedâ-ye u konam emruz jân"

-- Mathnawi V: 2890-2894
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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