Thursday, August 14, 2008

[Sunlight] "Kept alive by Love"



My religion is to be kept alive by Love:
life derived from this animal soul and head alone is a disgrace.
The sword of Love sweeps away the dust from the lover's soul,
for this sword clears sins.
When the bodily dust is gone, my moon shines:
my spirit's moon finds an open sky.
For so long, O adored one, I've been beating this drum of love for you
to the tune of "See, my life depends upon my dying."

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Din-e man az `eshq zendeh budanast
zindegi zin jân o sar nang-e manast
Tigh hast az jân-e `âsheq gard rub
zânkeh sayf oftâd mahhâ' al-dhunûb
Chon ghobâr-e tan bashad mâham be-tâft
mâh-e jân-e man havâ-ye sâf yâft
`Omr-hâ bar tabl-e `eshqet ay sanam
"Inna fî mawtî hayâtî" mi zanam

-- Mathnawi VI:4059-4062
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)



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