Friday, May 27, 2011

[Sunlight] The Worker is hidden in the workshop



The Worker is hidden in the workshop:
enter the workshop if you want to see Him.
When the work weaves a veil over the Worker,
outside of that work you cannot see Him.
Since the workshop is where He is,
the one outside is unaware of Him.
So come into the workshop—that is to say,
nonexistence—and see
the work together with the Worker.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Kâr-kon dar kâr-gah bâshad nehân
to be-raw dar kâr-gah binash `iyân
Kâr chon bar Kâr-kon pardeh tanid
khârej-e ân kâr na-tavânish did
Kâr-gah chon jâ-ye bâsh `âmelast
ânke birun ast az vay ghâfelast
Pas dar â dar kâr-gah ya`ni `adam
tâ be-bini son` o Sâne`-râ be-ham

-- Mathnawi II: 759-762
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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