Tuesday, July 24, 2012

[Sunlight] Until the heart becomes a king



Kill the snake of desire in the beginning;
or watch out: your snake will become a dragon.
But everyone considers his own snake to be just an ant:
if you do, seek knowledge of your real state
from one who is a lord of the heart.
Until copper becomes gold,
it doesn't know that it's copper:
until the heart becomes a king,
it doesn't recognize its poverty.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Mâr-e shahvat-râ be-kosh dar ebtedâ
varnah inak gasht mâret azhdahâ
Layk har kas mur binad mâr-e khvish
to ze sâheb-del kon estefsâr-e khvish
Tâ na-shod zar mes na-dânad man mesam
tâ na-shod shah del na-dânad moflesam

-- Mathnawi II: 3472-3474
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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