Tuesday, June 15, 2010

[Sunlight] "You were the inspirer"



Since this house has been emptied of my furniture,
nothing great or small in the house belongs to me.
You have caused the prayer to flow forth from me like water:
give it reality accordingly and let it be granted.
You were the inspirer of the prayer in the beginning:
accordingly, be the hope for its acceptance in the end.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Chon ze rakht-e man tohi gasht in vatan
tar o khoshk-e khâneh na-bud ân-e man
Ham do`â az man ravân kardi cho âb
ham sabâtesh bakhsh va dâresh mostajâb
Ham To budi avval ârandeh-ye do`â
ham To bâsh âkher ejâbat-râ rajâ

-- Mathnawi V: 4161-4163
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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