Tuesday, October 11, 2011

[Sunlight] A furnace to extract the silver



This discipline and rough treatment are a furnace
to extract the silver from the dross.
This testing purifies the gold
by boiling the scum away.


Ba-har ânast in riyâzat vin jafâ
tâ bar ârad kawreh az noqreh jofâ
ba-har ânast emtehân nik o bad
tâ be-jushad bar sar ârad zar zabad

-- Mathnawi I: 232-233
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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