Monday, August 30, 2010

[Sunlight] Every moment the world is renewed


Here, Sunlight brings an offering the Mathnawi, Book I, verses
1145-1149, in an interpretive version by Professor Coleman Barks, and
in the translation by Professor Reynold Nicholson, upon which Barks
based his version:


"The Moment"

In every instant there's dying and coming back around.
Muhammad said, This world

is a moment, a pouring that refreshes and renews itself so
rapidly it seems continuous,

as a burning stick taken from the fire looks like a golden
wire when you swirl

it in the air, so we feel duration as a string of sparks."

-- Version by Coleman Barks
"The Soul of Rumi"
HarperSanFrancisco, 2001

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Every moment the world is renewed, and we are unaware of
its being renewed whilst it remains (the same in appearance).
Life is ever arriving anew, like the stream, though in the body
it has the semblance of continuity.
From its swiftness it appears continuous, like the spark which
thou whirlest rapidly with thy hand.
If thou whirl a firebrand with dexterity, it appears to the
sight as a very long (line of) fire.
The swift motion produced by the action of God presents
this length of duration (Time) as (a phenomenon arising) from
the rapidity of Divine action.
Even if the seeker of this mystery is an exceedingly learned
man, (say to him), "Lo, Husamu'ddin, who is a sublime book
(where you will find the mystery revealed)."

-- Translation and Commentary by Reynold A. Nicholson
"The Mathnawi of Jalalu'ddin Rumi"
Published and Distributed by
The Trustees of The "E.J.W. Gibb Memorial"




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