Thursday, January 22, 2009

[Sunlight] "Violence is not the means"



Violence is not the means of avoiding calamity:
the means is good will, tolerance, and kindness.
The Prophet said, "Alms is a means of averting calamity:
cure your diseased ones by giving alms, O youth."

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Chareh-ye daf`-e balâ na-bud setam
châreh ehsân bâshad o `afv o karam
Goft "al-Sadaqah maradd lil-balâ
dâwi mardâka bi-sadaqah yâ fatâ"

-- Mathnawi VI:2590-2591
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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