Tuesday, August 21, 2012

[Sunlight] How much discernment the dark earth needs



The sky, so beautiful and glorious:
God said, "Then turn thy gaze toward it."
As regards this roof of light,
don't be content with just one look:
look many times; see:
"Are there any flaws?"
Since He has told you to look often
at this excellent roof, examining it for flaws,
know then, how much discernment the dark earth needs.

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Asmâni keh bovad bâ zib o far
Haqq be-farmâyad keh "Thumma irji` basar"*
Yek nazar qâne` ma-shaw zir-e saqf-e nur
bâr-hâ be-negar be-bin "Hal min futûr"
Chonke goftet k-andarin saqf-e neku
bâr-hâ be-negar cho mard `ayb ju
Pas zamin-e tireh-râ dâni keh chand
didan va tamyiz bâyad dar pasand

-- Mathnawi II: 2946-2949
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra

*al-Mulk, 4




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