The greed of hunting makes one oblivious to being a prey:
the hunter tries to win hearts, though he has lost his own.
Don't be inferior to a bird in your seeking:
for even a sparrow sees what is before and behind.*
When the bird approaches the bait,
at that moment it turns its head several times to the rear and the front, as if to say, "Is there a hunter somewhere near?
Should I be careful? Should I touch this food?"
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Hers-e sayyâdi ze saydi moghfel ast
delbariyi mi konad u bi delast
To kam az morghi ma-bâsh andar neshid
bayna aydî khalf* `osfuri be-bid
Chon beh-nazd-e dâneh âyad pish o pas
chand gardânad sar o raw ân nafs
K-"Ay `ajab pish o pasam sayyâd hast
tâ kasham az bim-e u zin loqmeh dast?"
-- Mathnawi V: 752-755
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra
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