Wednesday, December 16, 2009

[Sunlight] "Your spirit soars to the infinite"



The days of the body are increased by the spirit:
look what becomes of the body when the spirit departs.
The range of the body is an arm's length or two,
yet your spirit soars to the infinite.
Within the spirit's imagining,
it's only a half step to Baghdad or Samarkand.
The white of your eye is a coin's weight,
but the light of its spirit reaches the heights of the sky.
In a dream, without this eye, the light sees:
without this light what would the eye be but ruined?

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Jesm az jân ruz afzun mi shavad
chon ravad jân jesm bin chon mi shavad
Hadd-e jesmet yek do gaz khvod bish nist
jân-e to tâ âsmân jawlân konist
Tâ be-Baghdâd o Samarqand ay homâm
ruh-râ andar tasavvor nim-e gâm
Do deram sangast pih-e cheshmetân
nur-e ruhesh tâ `anân-e âsmân
Nur bi in cheshm mi binad be-khvâb
cheshm bi in nur cheh bovad joz kharâb

-- Mathnawi IV: 1881-1885
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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