Monday, May 24, 2010

[Sunlight] Even so is the blessed man transformed


Here, Sunlight presents Mathnawi verses IV: 2537-39, in a version by Coleman Barks and in translation by R.A. Nicholson


"The Worm's Waking"

This is how a human being can change:

There's a worm addicted to eating
grape leaves.
Suddenly, he wakes up,
call it Grace, whatever, something
wakes him, and he's no longer
a worm.
He's the entire vineyard,
and the orchard too, the fruit, the trunks,
a growing wisdom and joy
that doesn't need
to devour.

-- Version by Coleman Barks
"Delicious Laughter"
Maypop, 1990

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"O thou who because of (addiction to) a single leaf has been
left without (enjoyment of) a (whole) orchard, thou art like the
worm which (desire for) a leaf has driven away from (deprived
of) the vineyard.
When Grace awakened this worm, this worm devoured the
dragon of ignorance.
The worm became a vineyard full of fruit trees: even so
is the blessed man transformed."

-- Translation and Commentary by Reynold A. Nicholson
"The Mathnawi of Jalalu'ddin Rumi"
Published and Distributed by
The Trustees of The "E.J.W. Gibb Memorial"




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