Friday, July 10, 2009

[Sunlight] Consider which way the door is swaying



Pure is the Builder who in the unseen world
constructs castles of speech.
Know that speech is the sound of the door
coming from the palace of mystery:
try to discern whether it is the sound of opening or closing.

The sound of the door is perceptible,
but the door itself you cannot perceive:
ye see, you are aware of the sound,
but the door ye see not.
When the harp of wisdom breaks into melody,
consider which way the door of the Garden of Paradise is swaying.
Since you are far from its door, pay attention to the sound.


Pâk Bannâyi keh bar sâzad hosun
dar jahân-e ghayb az goft o fosun
Bâng-e dar dân goft-râ az qasr-e râz
tâ keh bâng-e vâ-shodast in yâ farâz
Bâng-e dar mahsus o dar az hess berun
tubsirûn in bâng va dar lâ tubsirûn
Chang-e hekmat chonkeh khvosh âvâz shod
tâ cheh dar az Rawz-e Jannat bâz shod
Bâng-e dar be-shenaw cho duri az daresh
ay khonok u-râ keh vâ-shod montazeresh

-- Mathnawi VI:3481-3485
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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