Friday, March 02, 2012

[Sunlight] A moth to the fire of love



If you are wise like the Friend of God,
the fire is water to you, especially this fire of Love,
which is the soul of all waters . . . and you are a moth.
But the ignorant moth behaves differently than we do:
it sees the light and ends up in the fire.
The heart of the mystic sees fire and goes into the Light.
A fire has been made to look like water,
while within the apparent fire is a real fountain.

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Chon Khalil-e Haqq agar farzâneh-'i
âtesh âb-e tost va to parvâneh-'i
Khâsseh in âtesh keh jân-e âb-hâst
kâr-e parvâneh beh `aks-e kâr-e mâst
U be-binad nur va dar nâri ravad
del be-binad nâr va dar nuri shavad
teshi-râ shakl-e âbi dâdeh-'and
va andar âtesh cheshmeh-'i bo-g'shâdeh-'and

-- Mathnawi V:438; 442-443; 445
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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