Tuesday, December 01, 2009

[Sunlight] The beginning of pride and hatred



The beginning of pride and hatred
lies in worldly desire,
and the strength of your desire is from habit.
When an evil tendency becomes confirmed by habit,
rage is triggered when anyone restrains you.


Ebtedâ-ye kebr o kin az shahvatast
râsekhi-ye shahvat az `âdatast
Chon ze `âdat gasht mohkam khui bad
khashm âyad bar kasi ket vâ kashad

-- Mathnawi II:3458-3459
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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