Friday, October 30, 2009

[Sunlight] "My customer is God"



Dialectical knowledge, which is soulless,
enjoys the faces of its customers--
full of energy in the dispute,
but dead and gone when there is no customer.
My customer is God: he lifts me up,
for "God has purchased."


`Elm-e goftâri keh ân bi jân bud
`âsheq-e ru-ye kharidârân bud
Garcheh bâshad vaqt-e bahs-e `elm zaft
chon kharidâresh na-bâshad mord o raft
Moshtari-ye man Khodâyast u merâ
mi kashad bâlâ keh "Allâha-shtarâ" (Tawbeh, 111)

-- Mathnawi II: 2436-2438
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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