Tuesday, December 13, 2011

[Sunlight] What do you really possess?



What do you really possess,
and what have you gained?
What pearls have you brought up
from the depth of the sea?
On the day of death,
bodily senses will vanish:
do you have the spiritual light
to accompany your heart?
When dust fills these eyes in the grave,
will your grave shine bright?


To cheh dâri va cheh hâsel kardeh-'i
az tag-e daryâ cheh dorr âvordeh-'i
Ruz-e marg in hess-e to bâtel shavad
nur-e jân dâri keh yâr-e del shavad
Dar lahd kin chashm-râ khâk âganad
hastet ânche gur-râ rawshan konad

-- Mathnawi II:939-941
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
Rumi: Daylight
Threshold Books, 1994
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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