Tuesday, August 04, 2009

[Sunlight] "One juice"



A brotherhood is as a cluster of grapes:
when you squeeze them they become one juice.
The unripe and the ripe are in opposition,
but when the immature ripens, too,
it becomes a good friend.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Surat-e angur-hâ ekhvân bovad
chon fashordi shireh-ye vâhed shavad
Ghureh o angur zeddânand layk
chonke ghureh pokhteh shod, shod yâr-e nik

-- Mathnawi II:3717-3718
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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