Tuesday, August 03, 2010

[Sunlight] "The body is like a letter"



The body is like a letter:
look into it and see whether it's worthy to be read by the King.
Go into a corner, open the letter, and read what is in it,
see whether its words are suitable for royalty.
If it isn't suitable, tear it to pieces,
write another letter, and remedy the fault.
But don't think it's easy to open the letter of the body;
otherwise everyone would readily discover the secret of the heart.
How difficult it is to open that letter!
It's only for the strong, not for those playing games.

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Kâlbod nâmeh-st andar vay negar
hast lâyeq Shâh-râ ânkeh be-bar
Gusheh-'i raw nâmeh-râ bo-g'shâ be-khvân
bin keh harfesh hast dar khvord-e shahân
Gar ne-bâshad dar khvor ân-râ pâreh kon
nâmeh-ye digar nevis va châreh kon
Lik fath-e nâmeh-ye tan zap ma-dân
var nah har kas serr-e del didi `iyân
Nâmeh bo-g'shâdan cheh doshvârast o sa`b
kâr-e mardânast nah teflân o ka`b

-- Mathnawi, IV:1564-1568
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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