Tuesday, April 28, 2009

[Sunlight] You are the consumer and the consumed



The mystery of "Poverty is my pride"* is sublime:
it cautions you to take refuge from the covetous
with the One who is Self-Sufficient.
Treasures are buried in ruined, forgotten places,
hidden from the greed of those who dwell in affluence.
If you can't tear out your own beautiful feathers,
go, adopt a life of solitude;
don't let yourself be dissipated by others.
For you are both the morsel of food and the eater of that morsel:
you are the consumer and the consumed. Understand this, dear one!


"Faqr fakhri"* bahr-e ân âmad sani
tâ ze tama`ân gorizam dar Ghani
Ganj-hâ-râ dar kharâbi zân nehand
tâ ze hers-e ahl-e `omrân vâ rahand
Par na-dâni konad raw khalvat gozin
tâ na-gardi jomleh kharj-e ân o in
Zânke to ham loqmeh-'i ham loqmeh khvâr
âkel o ma'kuli ay jân hush dâr

*Prophet's hadith.

-- Mathnawi V: 715-718
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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