Tuesday, May 24, 2011

[Sunlight] Go, seek the water!



Know that the outward form passes away,
but the world of reality remains forever.
How long will you play at loving the shape of the jug?
Leave the jug; go, seek the water!

~ ~ ~

Surat-e zâher fanâ gardad be-dân
`âlam-e ma`nâ be-mânad jâvedân
Chand bâzi `eshq bâ naqsh-e sabu
be-gozar az naqsh-e sabu raw âb ju

-- Mathnawi II:1020-1021
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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