If you are born of Adam, sit like him
and behold all his progeny within yourself.
What is in the jar that is not also in the river?
What is in the house that is not also in the city?
This world is a jar, and the heart-spirit is like the river;
this world is the chamber, and the spirit is the wondrous city.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Gar to Âdamzâdeh-'i chon u neshin
jomleh zorriyât-râ dar khvod be-bin
Chist dar khom keh andar nahr nist
chist andar khâneh k-andar shahr nist
In jahân khomast va del chon ju-ye âb
in jahân hojreh-st va del shahr-e `ojâb
-- Mathnawi IV: 809-811
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)
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