Friday, November 19, 2010

[Sunlight] Fresher than a bud



Love of the dead does not last,
because the dead will not return.
But love of the living
is in every moment fresher than a bud,
both to the inward and the outward eye.
Choose the love of that Living One
who is everlasting, who offers you
the wine that increases life.
Do not say, "We have no entrance to that King."
Dealings with the generous are not difficult.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Z�nke `eshq-e mordeg�n p�yendeh nist
z�nke mordeh su-ye m� �yendeh nist
`Eshq-e zendeh dar rav�n o dar batar
har dami b�shad ze ghonjeh t�zeh-tar
`Eshq-e �n zendeh gozin ku b�qist
kaz shar�b-e j�n faz�yet s�qist
To ma-gu m�-r� bad�n shah b�r nist
b� karim�n k�r-h� doshv�r nist

-- Mathnawi I:217-219; 221
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahy� Monastra




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