Friday, November 26, 2010

[Sunlight] Knowledge in the time of trial



Spiritual life is knowledge in the time of trial:
the more knowledge you have,
the more spiritual life is yours.
Our spirit is more than animal spirit. How?
It has more knowledge.
The spirit of angels is greater than ours;
it transcends common sense.
Yet the spirit of mystics is greater still:
Don't be bewildered by this.


Jân na-bâshad joz khabar dar âzmun
harke-râ afzun khabar jânesh fozun
Jân-e mâ az jân-e hayavân bish-tar
az cheh z-ân ru keh fozun dârad khabar
Pas fozun az jân-e mâ jân-e malak
ku monazzah shod ze hess-e moshtarak
Vaz malak jân-e khodâvandân-e del
bâshad afzun-tarast to tahayyor-râ be-hel

-- Mathnawi II: 3326-3329
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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