Friday, May 20, 2011

[Sunlight] From a thought, every craft in the world



When you see that from a thought
every craft in the world arises and subsists—
that houses and palaces and cities,
mountains and plains and rivers,
earth and ocean as well as sun and sky,
derive their life from it as fish from the sea—
then why in your foolishness, O blind one,
does the body seem to you a Solomon,
and thought only as an ant?

~ ~ ~

Pas cho mi bini keh az andisheh-'i
qâyemast andar jahân har pisheh-'i
Khâneh-hâ o qasr-hâ o shahr-hâ
kuh-hâ o dasht-hâ o nahr-hâ
Ham zamin o bahr va ham mehr o falak
zendeh az vay hamcho az daryâ samak
Pas che-râ az ablahi pish-e to kur
tan Solaymânast va andisheh cho mur

-- Mathnawi, II:1034-1037
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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