Thursday, October 08, 2009

[Sunlight] "The Breath of My Presence" -- Ghazal 1945


Here, Sunlight presents Ghazal 1945, in a poetic version by Jonathan Star, and in a translation by William C. Chittick.


"The Breath of My Presence"

I smell the fragrance of my Beloved
and my heart is lost.
I see a ray of light from His face
and my soul is enraptured.

Why are the earth and all its creatures
bubbling up in delight? -
A drop from the Saaqi's* cup
has spilled upon the ground.

One who is frozen and withered
is lost in his own affairs.
Don't be lost in your own affairs -
be lost in mine!

The Spring reveals all the secrets of the earth.
My spring reveals all the secrets of the soul.

The roses of the earth
only hide the thorns and brambles.
When my roses bloom
they remove every thorn from the heart.

What is the cold wind of winter? -
the breath of your denial.
What is the warm breeze of Spring? -
the breath that lets me into your life.

-- Version by Jonathan Star
"Rumi - In the Arms of the Beloved "
Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, New York 1997

Star note:
*Saaqi: cupbearer, or one who pours wine; a symbol of God's grace.

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Whatever gladdens the mind is the scent of my Beloved,
whatever enraptures the heart is a ray from my Friend.
Why are the earth and its creatures in such ferment?
My Saki spilled a drop upon the ground.
If you see someone frozen and withered, he is in love
with his own affairs - look not at your own affairs, look at mine!
At the time of spring all the earth's secrets become
manifest; when my spring comes, all my spiritual mysteries
blossom forth.
The earth's rosegarden hides the thorns of the earth;
when my rosery springs up, it takes away all my thorny agitation.
Autumn makes a man sick, so he drinks a draught of
spring; when my spring laughs, my sick man leaps to his feet.
What is this wind of autumn? The breath of your denial.
What is this wind of spring? The breath of my acknowledgement.

-- Translation by William C. Chittick
"The Sufi Path of Love"
SUNY Press, Albany, 1983




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