Tuesday, July 21, 2009

[Sunlight] Man has tools in proportion to his need



The mouse-soul is nothing but a nibbler.
To the mouse is given a mind proportionate to its need,
for without need, the Almighty God
doesn't give anything to anyone.
Need, then, is the net for all things that exist:
man has tools in proportion to his need.
So, quickly, increase your need, needy one,
that the sea of abundance may surge up in lovingkindness.


Nafs-e mushi nist ellâ loqmeh-rand
qadr-e hâjat mush-râ `aqli dehand
Zanke bi hâjat Khodâvand-e `Aziz
mi na-bakhshad hich kas-râ hich chiz
Pas kamand-e hast-hâjat bud
qadr-e hâjat mard-râ âlat bud
Pas biyafzâ hâjat ay mohtâj zud
tâ be-jushad dar karam daryâ-ye jud

-- Mathnawi II: 3273-3274; 3279-3280
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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