Friday, January 22, 2010

[Sunlight] "Fills you with the boiling of love"


The companion of the Prophet said,
"Whenever the Prophet recited verses of the Qur'ân to us,
at the moment of abundance that chosen Messenger
would ask attentiveness and reverence."
It's as when a bird perches on your head,
and your soul trembles for fear of its flitting,
so you don't dare to stir lest that beautiful bird take to the air.
You dare not breathe, you suppress a cough,
lest that humâ* should fly away;
and should anyone speak sweet or sour words to you,
you lay a finger to your lips, meaning "Hush!"
Bewilderment is like that bird: it makes you silent;
it puts the lid on the kettle and fills you with the boiling of love.


Hamchonânkeh goft ân yâr-e Rasul
chon Nabi bar khvândi bar mâ fosul
n Rasul-e mojtabâ vaqt-e neesâ
khvâsti az mâ hozur o sad vaqâr
nchonânkeh bar saret morghi bovad
kaz favâtesh jân-e to larzân shavad
Pas niyâri hich jonbidan ze jâ
tâ na-girad morgh-e khub tu havâ
Dam niyâri zad be-bandi sorfeh-râ
tâ na-bâyad keh be-parrad ân homâ*
Var kaset shirin be-guyad yâ torosh
bar lab angoshti nehi ya`ni "khamosh"
Hayrat ân morghast khâmushet konad
bar nehad sar-e dig o por-e jushet konad

-- Mathnawi V:3244-3250
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra

*A mythical bird whose shadow brings blessings.



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