Friday, June 12, 2009

[Sunlight] Work on perfecting yourself



When Satan sees, to the left or right, anyone who is perfect,
he becomes ill with envy,
for every miserable wretch whose stack has been burnt
is unwilling that anyone else's candle should be lighted.
Pay attention, work on perfecting yourself,
so that the perfection of others may not grieve you.
Beg of God the removal of envy,
that God may deliver you from externals,
and bestow upon you an inward occupation,
which will absorb you
so that your attention is not drawn outward.

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Harkeh-râ did u kamâl az chap o râst
az hasad qawlanjesh âmad dard khâst
Zânkeh har badbakht-e kharman sukhteh
mi na-khvâhad shama`-e kas afrukhteh
Hin kamâli dast âvor tâ tavahhom
az kamâl-e digarân na-fati be-ghamm
Az Khodâ mi-khvâh daf`-e in hasad
tâ Khodâyet vâ rahânad az jasad
Mar to-râ mashghuliyi bakhshad darun
keh na-pardâzi az ân su-ye berun

-- Mathnawi IV:2678-2682
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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