Tuesday, April 13, 2010

[Sunlight] The lightning of the mind


The flash of lightning is not to lead the way,
but a command for the cloud to weep.
The lightning of the mind is for the sake of weeping,
so that what doesn't exist may weep, longing for true existence.
The child's mind tells it, "You must go to school";
but it cannot be the teacher.
The sick man's mind tells him to see a doctor,
but it cannot cure him.

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Nist nur-e barq bahr-e rahbari
balkeh amrast abr-râ keh mi geri
Barq-e `aql-e mâ barâ-ye geryeh-st
tâ be-geryad nisti dar shawq-e hast
`Aql-e kudak goft "Bar ketâb tan"
lik na-tavânad be-khvod âmukhtan
`Aql-e ranjur âradesh shavi tabib
lik na-bovad dar davâ `aqlesh mosib

-- Mathnawi IV: 3320-3323
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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