Tuesday, August 31, 2010

[Sunlight] The glow of humble longing



Everyone who delights in some act of devotion
can't bear to miss it,
even for a short while.
That disappointment and grief
are as a hundred prayers:
what is ritual prayer compared
with the glow of humble longing?


Zawq dârad har kasi dar tâ`ati
lâ jaram na-shakibad az vay sâ`ati
Ân ghabin o dard budi sad namâz
ku namâz va ku forugh-e ân niyâz

-- Mathnawi II: 2769-2770
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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