Friday, March 16, 2012

[Sunlight] Mystical bewilderment must sweep thought away



With us, one needs to be a waking sleeper,
that in the state of wakefulness,
you may dream dreams.
The thought of created things
is an enemy to this sweet waking sleep;
until your thought is asleep, your throat is shut,
no mysteries can enter.
Mystical bewilderment must sweep thought away;
bewilderment devours thought
and recollection of anything other than God.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Khofteh-ye bidâr bâyad pish-e mâ
tâ beh bidâri be-binad khvâb-hâ
Doshman-e in khvâb-e khvosh shod fekr-e khalq
tâ na-khospad fekretesh basteh-st halq
Hayrati bâyad keh rubad fekr-râ
khvordeh hayrat fekr-râ va zekr-râ

-- Mathnawi III: 1114-1116
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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