Thursday, May 21, 2009

[Sunlight] Abandon being loved by people, and practice loving God


Today, Sunlight offers a Mathnawi passage from Volume V, verses 3189, et.seq., in versions by Barks and Helminski, and in Persian transliteration:


You Are the Only Student You Have

You are the only faithful student you have.
All the others leave eventually.

Have you been making yourself shallow
with making others eminent?

Just remember, when you're in union,
you don't have to fear
that you'll be drained.

The command comes to speak,
and you feel the ocean
moving through you.
Then comes, Be silent,
as when the rain stops,
and the trees in the orchard
begin to draw moisture
up into themselves.

-- Mathnawi, V, 3195-3219)
Version by Coleman Barks
"Feeling the Shoulder of the Lion,"
Threshold Books, 1991


Abandon being loved by people and practice loving God,
you who have such a high opinion of yourself.
You are really more silent than the night;
how long will you seek a buyer for your words?
Your hearers nod their heads in your presence,
but you waste your time in your passion to draw them near.
You say to me, "Don't be so envious,"
but how should I envy one who possesses nothing?
Instruction given to the worthless is like sketching in dust.
Instruct yourself in love of God and spiritual insight--
that endures like a pattern carved on solid stone.
Your own self is the only pupil ever really faithful to you.
All the others perish: where will you seek them, where?
While trying to make others erudite and eminent,
you are ruining yourself and draining what knowledge you have.
But when your heart is one with Reality,
you may speak, and not be afraid of becoming empty.
And so the Divine command, "Recite!" came to the Prophet,
saying, "O righteous one, this will not fail: it is an infinite


Tark-e ma`shuqi kon va kon `asheqi
ay goman bordeh keh khub o fayeqi
Ay keh dar ma`na ze shab khamosh-tari
goft-e khvod-ra chand juyi moshtari
Sar be-jonbanand pishet bahr-e to
raft dar sawda-ye ishan dahr-e to
To mera guyi "Hasad andar ma-pich"
cheh hasad arad kasi az fawt-e hich
Hast ta`lim-e khasan ay cheshm-e shukh
hamcho naqsh-e khord kardan bar kolukh
Khvish-ra ta`lim kon `eshq o nazar
k-an bovad chon naqsh fi jerm al-hajar
Nafs-e to ba tost shagerd-e vafa
ghayr fani shod koja juyi koja
Ta koni mar ghayr-ra habr o sani
khvish-ra bad-khu o khali mi koni
Mottasel chon shod delet ba an `adn
hin be-gu ma-heras az khali shodan
Amr-e qol zin amadesh k-"Ay rastin
kam na-khvahad shod be-gu daryast in"

-- Mathnawi, V:3189-3198
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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