Friday, September 03, 2010

[Sunlight] "The one who keeps her heart awake"



There is many a one whose eye is awake
but whose heart is asleep.
What, in truth, should be seen
by the eyes of creatures of water and clay?
The one who keeps her heart awake,
though the eyes of her head may sleep,
her heart will open a hundred eyes.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Ay basâ bidâr cheshm khofteh del
khvod cheh binad did ahl-e âb o gel
Ânke del bidâr dârad cheshm-e sar
gar be-khospad bar goshâyad sad basar

-- Mathnawi lII:1222-1223
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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