Tuesday, July 17, 2012

[Sunlight] Time and timelessness



Hours make the young old.
All changes have arisen from the hours:
the one who is freed from hours is freed from change.
When for an hour you escape from the hours,
"how" no longer remains:
you become familiar with that which is without "how."
Hours are not acquainted with timelessness.
For the one who is possessed by time,
there is no way there except bewilderment.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Ham dar ân sâ`at rost jân
zânke sâ`at pir gardând javân
Jomleh-ye talvin-hâ ze sâ`at khâstast
rast az talvin keh az sâ`at be-rast
Chon ze sâ`at sâ`ati birun shavi
chon na-mânad mahram-e bi-chon shavi
Sâ`at az bi sâ`ati âgâh nist
zankesh ân su joz tahayyor râh nist

-- Mathnawi III:2073-2076
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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