Thursday, September 18, 2008

[Sunlight] The burden of patience and gratitude



The ass, your fleshly soul,
has wandered off; tie it down.
How long will it run away from work?
Let it bear the burden of patience
and gratitude—whether for a hundred years,
or for thirty or twenty.


Shod khar-e nafs-e to bar mikhash band
chand be-gorizad ze kâr o bâr chand
Bâr-e sabr o shokr u-râ bordanist
khvâh dar sad sâl o khvâhi si o bist

-- Mathnawi II :729-730
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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