Friday, June 11, 2010

[Sunlight] Don't allow your animal nature to rule your reason

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Have pity on Jesus, but not on the donkey:
don't allow your animal nature to rule your reason.
Let it weep bitterly; take from it
what you need to pay your debt.
For years you have been the donkey's slave. Enough!

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Rahm bar `Isâ kon va bar khar ma-kon
tab`-râ bar `aql-e khvod sarvar ma-kon
Tab`-râ hol tâ be-geryad zâr-zâr
to azu be-setân va vâm-e jân gozâr
Sâl-hâ khar-bandeh budi bas bovad
zânke khar-bandeh ze khar vâpas bovad

-- Mathnawi II: 1853-1855
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra

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1 comment:

tigey123 said...

this is such a beautiful piece of poetry i can feel the depth put into this.inspiration.