Thursday, November 05, 2009

[Sunlight] Looking to beginnings or to ends


From the Fihi ma Fihi:


Some people have regard to beginnings and some
to ends. Those who look at the ends are powerful and
great because their sights are on finalities and results.
Those who look at the beginnings are even more select.
They say: "What use is there of looking at the ends?
When wheat is sown in the beginning, barley will not
grow in the end. When barley is sown, wheat is not going
to grow." Their view is then on the beginning.
There is another group more select still who look
neither to the beginnings nor to the end. They do not
think of beginnings or ends; they are absorbed in God.
Another group is absorbed in the world and look not to
beginnings or ends out of extreme heedlessness; they
are fodder for hell.

-- from Rumi's "Fihi ma Fihi"
translated by W. M. Thackston, Jr.
Signs of the Unseen (Discourses of Rumi)
Threshold Books, 1994




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