Thursday, December 06, 2012

[Sunlight] Sacrifice your intellect



Sacrifice your intellect in love for the Friend:
for anyway, intellects come from where He is.
The spiritually intelligent have sent their intellects back to Him:
only the fool remains where the Beloved is not.
If from bewilderment, this intellect of yours flies out of your head,
every tip of your hair will become a new knowing.
In the presence of the Beloved, the brain needn't labor;
for there the brain and intellect spontaneously produce
fields and orchards of spiritual knowledge.
If you turn toward that field, you will hear a subtle discourse;
in that oasis your palm tree will freshen and flourish.

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`Aql-râ qorbân kon andar `eshq-e Dust
`aql-hâ bâri az ân suist k-Ust
`aql-hâ ân su ferestâdeh `oqul
mândeh in su keh nah Ma`shuqast gul
Zin sar az hayrat gar in `aqlet ravad
har sar-e muyet sar o `aqli shavad
Nist ân su ranj-e fekrat bar demâgh
keh demâgh o `aql ruyad dasht o bâgh
Su-ye dasht az dasht nokteh be-shenui
su-ye bâgh âyi shavad nakhlet rui

-- Mathnawi IV: 1424-1428
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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