Friday, March 09, 2012

[Sunlight] The most painful affliction



The cruelty of Time
and every affliction that exists
are lighter than being distant from God
and forgetful of Him.
Because afflictions will pass,
but that forgetfulness will not.
Felicity belongs only to the one
who brings his spirit near to God,
awake and mindful of Him.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Jawr-e Dawrân o har ân ranji keh hast
sahl-tar az bo`d-e Haqq o ghaflatast
Zânkeh in-hâ bo-g'zarand ân na-gozarad
dawlat ân dârad keh jân âgah barad

-- Mathnawi VI:1756-1757
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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