Tuesday, April 06, 2010

[Sunlight] This troublesome body

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Know that this troublesome body is like a coat of armor:
comfortable neither in winter nor in summer.
Yet still this bad associate is good for you
because of the patience you must show in overcoming its desires,
for the exercise of patience expands the heart with spiritual peace.
The patience shown by the moon to the dark night keeps it illumined;
the patience shown by the rose to the thorn keeps it fragrant.

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Chon zereh dân in tan por hayf-râ
ni shetâ-râ shâyad o nah sayf-râ
Yâr-e bad nikust bahr-e sabr-râ
keh goshâyad sabr kardan sadr-râ
Sabr-e mah bâ shab monavvar dâradesh
sabr-e gol bâ khâr azfar dâradesh

-- Mathnawi VI: 1406-1408
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)

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1 comment:

StriderWriter said...

This is a great Poem!