Friday, August 07, 2009

[Sunlight] "Don't take a wooden sword into battle"



Don't take a wooden sword into battle.
Go, find one of steel;
then march forward with joy.
The sword of reality is the saint's protection:
your time with him
is worth as much as the cup of life itself.
All the wise have said the same:
the one who knows God
is God's mercy to His creatures.

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Tigh-e chubin-râ ma-bar dar kârzâr
be-negar-e avval tâ na-gardad kârzâr
Gar bovad chubin baru digar talab
var bovad almâs pish â bâ tarab
Tigh dar zarrâdkhâneh-ye awliyâst
didan ishân shomâ-râ kimiyâst
Jomleh-ye dânâyân hamin gofteh hamin
hast dânâ rahmatan lil-`âlamin

-- Mathnawi III: 4154-4158
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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