Tuesday, May 03, 2011

[Sunlight] Hundreds of thousands of trials



There are hundreds of thousands of trials for anyone who claims,
"I am the commander of the gate."
If the vulgar don't put him to the test,
the adepts of the way will demand the token of his sincerity.
When a roughneck pretends to be a tailor,
the king will throw down a piece of satin in front of him.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Sad hazârân emtehânast ay pedar
har keg guyad "Man shodam sarhang-e dar"
Gar na-dânad `âmmeh u-râ ze emtehân
pokhtegân-e râh juyandesh neshân
Chon konad da`vâ khayyâti khasi
afgand dar pish-e u shah atlasi

-- Mathnawi III: 682-684
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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