Tuesday, June 19, 2012

[Sunlight] "Unless there is truth"


Nothing shows up false without the true:
the fool took false coin
hoping it might be gold.
If there were no genuine coin in the world,
how would it be possible to pass fakes?
Unless there is truth,
how could there be lies?
Falsity gets its value from the existence of truth.
Some want the wrong in hope that it will be right.

~ ~ ~ ~

Zânke bi haqq bâteli n-âyad padid
qalb-râ ablah beh bu-ye zar kharid
Gar na-budi dar jahân naqdi ravân
qalb-hâ-râ kharj kardan kay tavân
Tâ na-bâshad râst kay bâshad dorugh
ân dorugh az râst mi girad forugh
Bar omid-e râst kazh-râ mi kharand
zahr dar qandi ravad ânkeh khvorand

-- Mathnawi II:2928-2931
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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