Friday, February 26, 2010

[Sunlight] Self-interest blinds you



One who sees without distortion, free of prejudice,
has light in the eyes.
Self-interest blinds you
and buries your knowledge in a grave.
Lack of prejudice makes ignorance wise;
its presence makes knowledge perverse.
Accept no bribe, and your sight is clear;
act selfishly, and you will be enslaved.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Zânke to `ellat na-dâri dar miyân
ân farâghet hast nur-e didegân
Vân do `âlam-râ gharazeshân kur kard
`elmeshân-râ `ellat andar gur kard
Jahl-râ bi `ellati `âlem konad
`elm-râ `ellat kazh o zâlem konad
Tâ to reshvat na-setadi binandeh-'i
chon tama` kardi zarir o bandeh-'i

-- Mathnawi II: 2750-2753
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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