Friday, March 13, 2009

[Sunlight] Leaving this present intelligence behind



Just as the human being does not recall its earlier forms of intelligence,
this present intelligence also must be left behind and forgotten
in order to escape this self-serving greed
and witness a hundred thousand new forms of intelligence.
Though one falls asleep and becomes oblivious of the past,
how can they leave him in that state of self-forgetfulness?
From that sleep they will bring him back again to wakefulness,
to mock at his present state, saying,
"What was the sorrow I was suffering in my sleep?
How did I forget the states of truth, of real experience?"

And so with this world, which is the sleeper's dream:
the sleeper imagines it is enduring,
until suddenly the dawn of Death arises,
and she is delivered from the obscurity of distorted opinion.
She will laugh at those sorrows of hers
when she sees her permanent abode and resting place.
Everything good or evil that you see in your sleep
will be manifest, one by one, on the Day of Reckoning.
That which you did during your sleep in this present world
will become manifest to you at the time of wakening.
Take care not to imagine that the hurtful acts made during this sleep
will find no interpretation there.

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`Aql-hâ-ye avvalinesh yâd nist
ham azin `aqlesh tahavvol kardanist
Tâ rahad zin `aql por-e hers o talab
sad hazârân `aql binad bu al-`ajab
Gar cheh khofteh gasht va shod nâsi ze pish
kay gozârandesh dar ân nesyân-e khvish
Bâz az ân khvâbesh bidâri keshand
keh konad bar hâlet khvod rish khand
Keh "Cheh ghamm bud ânkeh mi-khvordam be-khvâb
chon farâmusham shod ahvâl-e savâb?"

Hamchonân donyâ keh holm-e nâyemist
khofteh pendârad keh in khvod dâyemist
Tâ bar âyad na-gahân sobh-e ajal
vâ rahad az zolmat-e zann o daghal
khandeh-'esh girad az ân ghamm-hâ-ye khvish
chon be-binad mostaqarr o jâ-ye khvish
Har cheh to dar khvâb bini nik o bad
Ruz-e Mahshar yek be-yek paydâ shavad
ncheh kardi andarin khvâb-e jahân
gardadet hangâm-e bidâri `iyân
Tâ na-pendâri keh in bad gardanist
andarin khvâb va torâ ta`bir nist

-- Mathnawi IV: 3648-3652; 3654-3659
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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