Monday, November 26, 2012

[Sunlight] Turn me into patience and forbearance



O You who have transmuted one clod of earth into gold,
and another into the Father of mankind,
Your generous work is the transmutation of essences;
my work is mostly forgetfulness and mistakes.
Transmute my mistakes and forgetfulness into knowledge:
With my imperfect nature, turn me into patience and forbearance.

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Ay mobaddal kardeh khâki-râ beh-zar
khâk-e digar-râ be-kardeh Bu al-bashar
Kâr-e To tabdil-e a`yân o `atâ
kâr-e man sahvat o nesyân o khatâ
Sahv o nesyân-râ mobaddal kon beh-`elm
man hameh halamam merâ kon sabr o helm

-- Mathnawi V: 780-782
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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