Friday, December 09, 2011

[Sunlight] If your meaning is pure



The smell of pride and greed and lust
will betray you when you speak
as much as the onions you have eaten.
Many prayers are rejected because of their smell;
the corrupt heart reveals itself in the tongue.
But if your meaning is pure,
God will welcome even your clumsy expression.


Bu-ye kebr o bu-ye hers o bu-ye âz
dar sokhan goftan biyâyad chon piyâz
Bas do`â-hâ radd shavad az bu-ye ân
ân del kazh mi namâyad dar zabân
Gar hadiset kazh bovad ma`nayet râst
ân kazhi lafz maqbul-e Khodâst

-- Mathnawi III: 166;169;171
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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