Friday, December 02, 2011

[Sunlight] By love, the bitter becomes sweet


Here, Sunlight offers the verses from Molana Rumi's epic, "The
Mathnawi", Book II, lines 1529-30, in two translations -- one from
Schimmel, and one from Helminski, with a Persian transcription:


Through love all that is bitter will be
Through Love all that is copper will be
Through Love all dregs will turn to purest
Through Love all pain will turn to
Through Love the dead will all become
Through Love the king will turn into a

-- Translation by Annemarie Schimmel
"Look! This is Love - Poems of Rumi"
Shambhala, 1991


By love, the bitter becomes sweet;
by love, copper becomes gold;
by love, dregs become clear;
by love, pains become healing;
by love the dead become living;
by love, the king becomes a slave.
From knowledge, love grows.
Has stupidity ever placed anyone on such a throne?


Az mohabbat talkh-hâ shirin shavad
az mohabbat mes-hâ zarrin shavad
Az mohabbat dord-hâ sâfi shavad
az mohabbat dard-hâ shâfi shavad
Az mohabbat mordeh zendeh mi konand
az mohabbat shâh bandeh mi konand
in mohabbat ham natijeh-ye dânesh ast
ki gazâfeh bar chonin takhti neshast

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




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