Thursday, April 21, 2011

[Sunlight] A window for spiritual ideas



Let the skeptic know:
all that is absent in the world
is present to one who receives ideas from God.
To Mary, John the Baptist's mother would appear,
though she was far away from her.
You can see a friend even with your eyes shut,
when you've made the skin a window for spiritual ideas.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

In be-dân k-ânkeh ahl-e khâterast
ghâyeb-e âfâq u-râ hâzerast
Pish-e Maryam hâzer âyad dar nazar
mâdar-e Yahyâ keh durast az basar
Did-hâ basteh be-binad dust-râ
chon moshabbak kardeh bâshad pust-râ

-- Mathnawi II:3612-3614
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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