Tuesday, November 13, 2012

[Sunlight] Thou art the sky and the deep sea



When you fall asleep,
you go from the presence of yourself
into your own true presence.
You hear something
and surmise that someone else in your dream
has secretly informed you.
You are not a single "you."
No, you are the sky and the deep sea.
Your mighty "Thou," which is nine hundredfold,
is the ocean, the drowning place
of a hundred "thou's" within you.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~

Hamcho ân vaqti keh khvâb andar ravi
to ze pish-e khvod be-pish-e khvod shavi
Be-shenavi az khvish va pendâri folân
bâ to andar khvâb goftast ân nehân
To yeki To nisti ay khvosh rafiq
balke garduni va daryâ-ye `amiq
Ân To zaftet keh ân nohsad Tost
qolzomast va gharqeh-gâh-e sad tost

-- Mathnawi III: 1300-1303
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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