Friday, December 14, 2012

[Sunlight] This world is a trap, and desire its bait



To follow one's own desires is to flee from God
and to spill the blood of spirituality
in the presence of His justice.

This world is a trap, and desire its bait:
escape the traps, and quickly
turn your face toward God.

When you have followed this Way,
you have enjoyed a hundred blessings.
When you have gone the opposite way, you have fared ill.

So the Prophet said, "Consult your own hearts,
even though the religious judge
advises you about worldy affairs."

Abandon desire, and so reveal His Mercy:
you've learned by experience
the sacrifice He requires.

Since you can't escape, be His servant,
and go from His prison into His rose garden.
When you continually keep watch over your thoughts and actions,

you are always seeing the Justice and the Judge,
though heedlessness may shut your eyes,
still, that doesn't stop the sun from shining.


Ârzu jostan bovad be-gorikhtan
pish-e `adlesh khun-e taqvâ rikhtan
In jahân dâmast va dâneh-sh ârzu
dar goriz az dâm-hâ ruy âr zu
Chon chonin rafti be-didi sad goshâd
chon shodi dar zedd-e ân didi fasâd
Bas Payambar goft "Istaftû al-qulûb"
garcheh moftiyetân berun guyad khotub
Ârzu bo-g'zâr tâ rahm âyadesh
âzmudi keh chonin mi bâyadesh
Chon na-tâni jast pas khedmat konesh
tâ ravi az habs-e U dar golshanesh
Dam be-dam chon to morâqeb mi-shavi
dâd mi bini va dâvar ay ghavi
Var be-bandi cheshm-e khvod-râ ze ehtejâb
kâr-e khvod-râ kay gozârad âftâb

-- Mathnawi VI: 377-384
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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