Tuesday, June 02, 2009

[Sunlight] On Resurrection Day



On Resurrection Day God will ask,
"During this reprieve I granted you,
what have you produced for Me?
Through what work have you reached your life's end?
Your food and your strength, for what have they been consumed?
Where have you dimmed the luster of your eye?
Where have you dissipated your five senses?
You have expended eyes and ears and intellect
and the pure celestial substances;
what have you purchased from the earth?
I gave you hands and feet as spade and mattock
for tilling the soil of good works;
when did they by themselves become existent?"


Haqq hami guyad "Cheh âvordi Me-râ
andarin mohlet keh dâdam Man to-râ
`Omr-e khvod-râ dar cheh pâyân bordeh-'i
qut o quvat dar cheh fâni kardeh
Gawhar-e dideh kojâ farsudeh-'i
panj hess-râ dar kojâ pâludeh-'i
Cheshm o gush o hush o gawhar-hâ-ye `Arsh
kharj kardi cheh kharidi to ze farsh
Dast o pâ dâdamet chon bil o kaland
Man be-bakhshidam ze khvod ân kay shodand"

-- Mathnawi III: 2149-2153
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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