Tuesday, September 09, 2008

[Sunlight] "The lover of that One"



I am the lover of that One to whom every "that" belongs:
of even a single pearl of His
the bodyguard is Intellect and Spirit,
I do not boast, or if I boast, it only seems that way,
for, like water, I have no trouble quenching fire.
How should I steal when He is the keeper of the treasury?
How should I not be bold and resolute?
He is my support.

~ ~ ~

`Âsheq-e Ânam keh har "ân" ân-e Ust
`aql o jân o jândâr yek marjân-e Ust
Man na-lâfam var be-lâfam hamcho âb
nist dar âtesh kashi'am ezterâb
Chon be-dozdam chon hafiz-e makhzan Ust
chon na-bâsham sakht-ru posht-e man Ust

-- Mathnawi III: 4136-4138
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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