Monday, November 16, 2009

[Sunlight] Begin the music instead -- Quatrain 82


Today, Sunlight offers two interpretations of Quatrain 82:


today like everyday
I'm in no sober mood
don't open the door
to my thoughts
begin the music instead
for the one who sees
only the beloved's face
there are a hundred
ways to pray
to prostrate
or to be humbled
to the ground

--Translation by Nader Khalili
Rumi, Dancing the Flame
Cal-Earth Press, 2001


Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don't open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

-- Version by Coleman Barks
Open Secret
Threshold Books, 1984




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