Tuesday, August 11, 2009

[Sunlight] The shop for Unity



Every shop has a different kind of merchandise:
the Masnavi is the shop for spiritual poverty, my son.
In the shoemaker's shop there is fine leather:
if you see wood there it is only the mold for a shoe.
the drapers have silk and dun-colored cloth in their shops:
if iron is there, it's only to serve as a measuring rod.
Our Masnavi is the shop for Unity:
anything you see there other than the One God is just an idol.

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Har dokkâni-râ-st sudâyi degar
Masnavi dokkân-e faqrast ay pesar
Dar dokkân-e kafshgar charmast khub
qâleb-e kafsh ast agar bini to chub
Pish-e bazârân qazz o adkan bud
bahr-e gaz bâshad agar âhan bud
Masnavi-ye mâ dokkân-e Vahdatast
ghayr-e Vâhed har cheh bini ân botast

-- Mathnawi VI: 1525-1528
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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