Tuesday, June 08, 2010

[Sunlight] Optical Illusions



In the well of this world there are optical illusions,
the least of which is that stones appear to be gold.
To the fantasy of children playing
the debris with which they play appears as gold and riches.
Yet through the alchemy God's gnostics practice,
to their eyes, mines of gold become worthless.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Hast dar châh en`ekâsât-e nazar
kamtarin ânkeh namâyad sang zar
Vaqt-e bâzi kudakân-râ ze ekhtelâl
mi namâyad ân khazaf-hâ zar o mâl
`refânesh kimiyâgar gashteh-'and
tâ keh shod kân-hâ bar ishân nezhand

-- Mathnawi IV: 675-677
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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