Tuesday, January 13, 2009

[Sunlight] "The ultimate end of all hands"



Hand is above hand, child, in skill and in strength,
up to the Essence of God.
The ultimate end of all hands is the Hand of God:
the ultimate end of all torrents is undoubtedly the sea.
From it the clouds take their origin,
and in it, too, the torrent has an end.


Dast bar bâlâ dastast ay fatâ
dar fann o dar zur tâ Zât-e Khodâ
Montahâ-ye dast-hâ Dast-e Khodâst
bahr bi shakk montahâ-ye sayl-hâst
Ham azu girand mâyeh abr-hâ
ham bedu bâshad nehâyat-e sayl-râ

-- Mathnawi, IV:3162-3164
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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