Thursday, April 30, 2009

[Sunlight] Love for aught besides Him is unreal


Here, Sunlight offers a small selection from the Mathnawi, Book
VI, verses 969-971, in a version by Professor Barks, and in the
translation by Professor Nicholson, from which the version was


Dear Soul, when the condition comes
that we call being a lover,
there's no patience and no repenting.

Both become huge absurdities.
See regret as a worm
and love as a dragon.

Shame, changeable weather.
Love, a quality which wants nothing.

For this kind of lover
love of anything or anyone is unreal.

Here the source and object are one.

-- Version by Coleman Barks
"Say I am You"
Maypop, 1994


Loverhood and repentance or (even) the possibility of
patience - this, O (dear) soul, is a very enormous absurdity.
Repentance is a worm, while Love is like a dragon:
repentance is an attribute of Man, while that (other) is an attribute
of God.
Love is (one) of the attributes of God who wants nothing:
love for aught besides Him is unreal.

-- Translation by Reynold A. Nicholson
"The Mathnawi of Jalalu'ddin Rumi"
E.J.W. Gibb Memorial, 1990




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