Tuesday, June 22, 2010

[Sunlight] "So that you may gain the treasure"



I am amazed at the seeker of purity
who when it's time to be polished
complains of rough handling.
Love is like a lawsuit:
to suffer harsh treatment is the evidence;
when you have no evidence, the lawsuit is lost.
Don't grieve when the Judge demands your evidence;
kiss the snake so that you may gain the treasure.
That harshness isn't toward you, O son,
but toward the harmful qualities within you.
When someone beats a rug,
the blows are not against the rug,
but against the dust in it.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Man `ajab dâram ze juyâ-ye safâ
ku ramad dar vaqt-e sayqal az jafâ
`Eshq chon da`vâ jafâ didan gavâh
chon gavâhet nist shod da`vâ tabâh
Chon gavâhet khvâhad in qâzi ma-ranj
buseh deh bar mâr tâ yâbi to ganj
n jafâ bâ to na-bâshad ay pesar
balke bâ vasf-e badi andar to dar
Bar namad chubi keh ân-râ mard zad
bar namad ân-râ na-zad bar gard zad

-- Mathnawi III: 4008-4012
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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