Tuesday, February 22, 2011

[Sunlight] From this deliberation



God brought the earth and the heavenly spheres into existence
through the deliberation of six days—
even though He was able through "Be, and it is"*
to bring forth a hundred earths and heavens.
Little by little until forty years of age
that Sovereign raises the human being to completion,
although in a single moment He was able
to send fifty flying up from nonexistence.
Jesus by means of one prayer could make the dead spring to life:
is the Creator of Jesus unable
to suddenly bring full-grown human beings
fold by fold into existence?
This deliberation is for the purpose of teaching you
that you must seek God slowly, without any break.
A little stream which moves continually
doesn't become tainted or foul.
From this deliberation are born felicity and joy:
this deliberation is the egg;
good fortune is the bird that comes forth.

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Bâ ta'anni gasht mawjud az Khodâ
tâ be-shesh ruz in zamin o charkh-hâ
Var nah qâder bovad ku "kun fa-yakûn"*
sad zamin o charkh âvordi berun
dami-râ andak andak ân Homâm
tâ chehel sâlesh konad mard-e tamâm
Garcheh qâder bovad k-andar yek nafs
az `adam parân konad panjâh kas
`Isâ qâder bud ku az yek do`â
bi tavaqqof bar-jahânad mordeh-râ
Khâleq-e `Isâ be-na-tavânad keh U
bi tavaqqof mardom ârad tu be-tu
In ta'anni az pay-e ta`lim-e tost
keh talab âhesteh bâyad bi sokost
Ju yeki kuchek keh dâyem mi ravad
nah najs gardad nah gandeh mi shavad
Zin ta'anni zâyad eqbâl o sorur
in ta'anni bayzeh dawlat chon toyur

*Yâ Sin, 82

-- Mathnawi III: 3500-3508
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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