Tuesday, October 30, 2012

[Sunlight] One Chapter, One House, One Place of Worship



If there are a hundred religious books, they are but one chapter:
a hundred different religions seek but one place of worship.
All these roads end in one House:
all these thousand ears of corn are from one Seed.
All the hundred thousand sorts of food and drink
are but one thing if one looks to their final cause.
When you are entirely satiated with one kind of food,
fifty other kinds of food become displeasing to your heart.
In hunger, then, you are seeing double,
for you have regarded as more than a hundred thousand
that which is but One.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Sad ketâb ar hast joz yek bâb nist
sad jehat-râ qasd joz yek mehrâb nist
In toroq-râ mokhlesesh yek khâneh ast
in hazârân sonbol az yek dâneh ast
Guneh guneh khvordani-hâ sad hazâr
jomleh yek chizast andar e`tebâr
Az yeki chon sir gashti to tamâm
sard shod andar delet panjeh ta`âm
Dar majâ`at pas to ahval dideh-'i
keh Yeki-râ sad hazârân dideh-'i

-- Mathnawi VI: 3667-3671
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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