Friday, June 19, 2009

[Sunlight] Uprooting the previous joy



If the thought of sorrow spoils your joy, yet it prepares
you for joy.
Sorrow sweeps the house fiercely, emptying it of
everything, then, coming from the Source of goodness,
a new joy enters.
Sorrow chases away the withered leaves in the heart,
then new green leaves can grow.
Sorrow uproots the previous joy, then a new delight
springs from beyond.

-- Mathnawi V, 3678/3681
Translated by Muriel Maufroy
Breathing Truth - Quotations from Jalaluddin Rumi
Sanyar Press - London, 1997




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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog recently, and I wanted to thank you for your efforts in sharing Rumi's poetry. I find it very inspiring, and it has meant a lot to me this week to get to enjoy these poems.