When it comes to earning food,
why has the fear of eternal disappointment
not waylaid you?
You'll say, "Though I face the fear of disappointment,
fear increases when I'm idle.
My hope increases when I work;
when I'm idle, I risk more."
Why does the fear of loss
restrain you when it comes to faith?
Haven't you seen how gainfully employed
the prophets and saints are?
Haven't you seen what mines of treasure
have opened to them
from frequenting the shop of Spirit?
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Khawf-e hermân-e azal dar kasb-e lut
chon na-gardet sost andar jost o ju-t
Guyi "Garcheh khawf-e hermân hast pish
hast andar kâheli in khawf pish
"Hast dar kushesh omidam pishtar
dâram andar kâheli afzun-e khatar"
Pas cherâ dar kârdin ay bad-gomân
dâmanet mi girad in khawf-e ziyân
Yâ na-didi kâhel in bâzâr-e mâ
dar cheh sudand anbiyâ o awliyâ
Zin dokân raftan cheh kâneshân raw namud
andarin bâzâr chon bastand sud
-- Mathnawi III: 3096-3101
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)
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