Thursday, February 19, 2009

[Sunlight] Everything in the world draws something to itself



Everything in the world draws something to itself:
infidelity draws the faithless,
and goodness, the one who is rightly guided.
Both magnet and amber attract:
whether you are iron or straw, you will be drawn.
If you are straw, you will be drawn to the amber;
and if you are iron, you will be pulled to the magnet.
When anyone is not associated with the good,
he inevitably becomes a neighbor to the corrupt.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Dar jahân har chiz chizi mi kashad
kofr kâfer-râ va morshed-râ roshd
Kahrobâ ham hast va meqnâtis hast
tâ to âhan yâ kahi âyi be-shast
Barad meqnâtis ar to âhani
var kahi bar kahrobâ bar mi tani
n yeki chon nist bâ akhyâr yâr
lâ jaram shod pahlu-ye fojjâr jâr

-- Mathnawi IV:1633-1636
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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