Friday, June 05, 2009

[Sunlight] The soul doesn’t remember its ancient home


No wonder the soul doesn't remember its ancient home,
its original dwelling and place of birth,
since the sleep of this world covers it as clouds hide the stars.
It has walked through so many cities,
and the dust hasn't yet been wiped from its perception.
It hasn't yet worked to purify its heart and behold the past,
that its heart might peek from the aperture of mystery
and see its beginning with open eyes.

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Cheh `ajab gar ruh mawten-hâ-ye khvish
keh bodastesh maskan o milâd-e pish
Mi niyâyad yâd kin donyâ cho khvâb
mi feru pushad cho akhtar-râ sahâb
Khâsseh chandin shahr-hâ-râ kufteh
gard-hâ az darak-e u nâ-rufteh
Ejtehâd-e garm nâ kardeh keh tâ
del shavad sâf o be-binad mâ jarâ
Sar berun ârad delesh az bakhsh-e râz
avval o âkher be-binad cheshm-e bâz

-- Mathnawi IV: 3632-3636
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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