Friday, November 20, 2009

[Sunlight] “For the sake of those in need”



It was Mary's painful need that made the infant Jesus
begin to speak from the cradle.
Whatever grew has grown for the sake of those in need,
so that a seeker might find the thing he sought.
If God Most High has created the heavens,
He has created them for the purpose of satisfying needs.
Wherever a pain is, that's where the cure goes.
wherever poverty is, that's where provision goes.
Wherever a difficult question is,
that's where the answer goes;
wherever a ship is, water goes to it.
Don't seek the water; increase your thirst,
so water may gush forth from above and below.
Until the tender-throated babe is born,
how should the milk for it
flow from the mother's breast?

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Ân niyâz-e Maryami budast o dard
keh chonân tefli sokhan âghâz kard
Hich ruyad az pay-e mohtâj rost
tâ biyâbad tâlebi chizi keh jost
Haqq Ta`âlâ gar samâvât âfarid
az barâ-ye daf`-e hâjât âfarid
Har kojâ dardi davâ ânjâ ravad
har kojâ faqri navâ ânjâ ravad
Har kojâ moshkel javâb ânjâ ravad
har kojâ kashtist âb ânjâ ravad
Âb kam ju teshnegi âvor be-dast
tâ be-jushad âb az bâlâ o past
Tâ na-zâyad teflak-e nâzek-golu
kay ravân gardad ze pestân shir-e u

-- Mathnawi III: 3204; 3208-3213
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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