Noah said, "I don't look at anyone but You;
even if I do, it's only a pretext,
for You are the real object of my glance.
I am in love with Your making—
both in the moment of thankfulness,
and when patience is required.
How should I be in love, like the unfaithful,
with that which You have made?"
The one who loves God's making is glorious;
the one who loves what God has made has no faith.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Na-negaram kas-râ va gar ham be-negaram
u bahâneh bâshad va To manzaram
`sheq-e son`-e Tovam dar shokr o sabr
`âsheq-e masnu` kay bâsham cho gabr
`sheq-e son`-e Khodâ bâ far bud
`âsheq-e masnu` u kâfer bud
-- Mathnawi III: 1359-1361
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)
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