Tuesday, June 29, 2010

[Sunlight] "Burning only makes me brighter"



Should love's heart rejoice unless I burn?
For my heart is Love's dwelling.
If You will burn Your house, burn it, Love!
Who will say, "It's not allowed?"
Burn this house thoroughly!
The lover's house improves with fire.
From now on I will make burning my aim,
for I am like the candle: burning only makes me brighter.
Abandon sleep tonight; traverse for one night
the region of the sleepless.
Look upon these lovers who have become distraught
and like moths have died in union with the One Beloved.
Look upon this ship of God's creatures
and see how it is sunk in Love.

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Tâ na-suzam kay khonok gardad delesh
ay del mâ khândân o manzelesh
Khâneh-ye khvod-râ hami suzi be-suz
kist ânkas ku be-guyad "Lâ yajuz"
Khvish be-suz in khâneh-râ ay shir mast
khâneh-ye `âsheq chonin avvali-tarast
Ba`d azin in suz-râ qebleh konam
zânkeh shama`am man be-suzesh rawshanam
Khvâb-râ bo-g'zâr emshab ay pedar
yek shabi bar ku-ye bi khvâbân gozar
Be-negar in-hâ-râ keh majnun gashteh-'and
hamcho parvâneh beh vaslat koshteh-'and
Be-negar in kashti-ye khalqân gharq-e `Eshq
azhdahâyi gasht guyi halq-e `Eshq

-- Mathnawi VI: 617-623
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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