Thursday, May 13, 2010

[Sunlight] The master’s good will



The ass runs from its master because it's asinine;
the master runs after the ass out of good will.
He seeks him, not from profit or loss,
but so that the wolf will not tear him to pieces.


Khar gorizad az khodâvand az khari
sâhebesh dar pay ze niku-gawhari
Nah az pay-e sud o ziyân mi juyadesh
balke tâ gorgesh na-darad yâ dadesh

-- Mathnawi II: 1899-1900
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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