Tuesday, September 16, 2008

[Sunlight] The spirit delivered


Today's Mathnawi selection is accompanied by a Persian
transcription, as well as a link to mixed media, for which we thank
our friend Panevis in Tehran.


This world is a sea, and the body a fish,
and the spirit is Jonah
kept from the light of the dawn.
If the spirit is filled with glorifying God,*
it will be delivered from the fish;
otherwise it is digested and disappears.


In jahân daryâst va tan mâhi va ruh
Yunos-e mahjub az nur-e sobuh
Gar tasbih* bâshad az mâhi rahid
var nah dar vay hazm gasht va nâ-padid

*al-Sâffât, 143

-- Mathnawi II: 3140-3141
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra

Media Page: http://tinyurl.com/m2-3140




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