Tuesday, October 18, 2011

[Sunlight] The water of life



Though your life has almost passed, this present moment is its root:
if it lacks moisture, water it with repentance.
Give the Living Water to the root of your life,
so that the tree of your life may flourish.
By this Water past mistakes are redeemed.
By this Water last year's poison is made sweet.

`Omr agar be-gozasht bikhesh in damast
âb-e tawbeh-sh deh agar u bi namast
Bikh-e `omret-râ be-deh b-e Hayât
tâ derakht-e `omr gardad bâ nabât
Jomleh-ye mâzi-hâ azin niku shavand
zahr-e pârineh azin gardad cho qand

-- Mathnawi V: 2222-2224
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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