Tuesday, August 02, 2011

[Sunlight] The foundation of ease, the forerunner of pleasure



The porter runs to the heavy load and takes it from others,
knowing burdens are the foundations of ease
and bitter things the forerunners of pleasure.
See the porters struggle over the load!
It's the way of those who see the truth of things.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Mi davad hammâl zi bâr-e gerân
mi robâyad bâr-râ az digarân
Chon gerâni-hâ asâs-e râhatast
talkh-hâ ham pishvâ-ye ne`matast
Jang-e hammâlân barâ-ye bâr bin
in chonin ast ejtehâd-e kâr-bin

-- Mathnawi, II:1834-1836
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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