Tuesday, January 06, 2009

[Sunlight] "Pay attention, don't stir up the water"



The human being is like the water of the river:
when it becomes turbid, you can't see to the bottom.
The bottom of the river is full of jewels and pearls:
pay attention, don't stir up the water,
for originally it's pure and free from pollution.
The human spirit resembles the atmosphere:
when air is mixed with dust, it veils the sky,
and prevents the eye from seeing the sun;
but when the dust is gone, the air once again becomes pure.
Despite your complete darkness, God may offer you visions,
that you might find the way of deliverance.


Zânkeh mardom hast hamchon âb-e ju
chon shavad tireh na-bini qa`r-e u
Qa`r-e ju por-e gawharast o por ze dorr
hin ma-kon tireh keh hast u sâf horr
Jân-e mardom hast mânand havâ
chon be-gard âmikht shod pardeh-ye samâ
Mâne` âmad u ze did-e âftâb
chonkeh gardesh raft shod sâfi o nâb
Bâ kamâl-e tiregi Haqq vâqe`ât
mi namudet tâ ravi râh-e najât

-- Mathnawi IV: 2482-2386
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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