Monday, December 03, 2012

[Sunlight] The food of the chosen



Man's original food is the light of God;
material food is not for him;
but from disease,
his mind has fallen into the delusion
that day and night he should eat only this food.
He is pale, weak, and faint:
where is the food of "by heaven
which has starry tracks"?
That is the food of the chosen,
food eaten without fork or throat.

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Qut-e asli-ye bashar nur-e Khodâst
qut-e hayavâni morurâ nâ-sazâst
Layk az `ellat darin oftâd del
keh khvord u ruz o shab zin âb o gel
Ru-ye zard va pâ-ye sost va del-e sabok
ku ghezâ-ye "wa-al-samâ'i dhâti al-hubuk"
n ghezâ-ye khâssagân dawlatast
khvordan ân bi golu va âlast

-- Mathnawi II: 1083-1086
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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