Wednesday, January 12, 2011

[Sunlight] We are the shadow of this one -- Quatrain 257


Today, Sunlight offers two interpretations of Quatrain 257:

Beyond this world and life we know
there is Someone watching over us.
To know Him is not in our power.
But once in a glimpse I saw
that we are His shadow
and our shadow is
the world.

-- Translation by Azima Melita Kolin
and Maryam Mafi
Rumi: Hidden Music
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2001


out of this world and our lives
there is someone
who is nursing us
the one whom we
can never comprehend
i only know this much
we are the shadow
of this one
and the world is
the shadow of us

-- Translation by Nader Khalili
Rumi, Dancing the Flame
Cal-Earth Press, 2001




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