Friday, January 11, 2013

[Sunlight] The bounty of the Sea is poured through our jar



A human being is essentially an eye;
the rest is merely flesh and skin:
whatever the eye has beheld, he is that.
A jar will submerge a mountain with its water
when the eye of the jar is open to the Sea.
When the interior of the jar has a channel to the Sea,
that jar will overwhelm a river as great as the Oxus.
In the same way whatever speech Muhammad utters,
those words are really uttered by the Sea.
All his words were pearls of the Sea,
for his heart had a passage into that Sea.
Since the bounty of the Sea is poured through our jar,
why should anyone be amazed that the Sea itself
should be contained in a Fish*?

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dami didast bâqi gusht o pust
har cheh cheshmesh dideh ast ân chiz ust
Kuh-râ gharqeh konad yek khom ze nam
cheshm-e khom chon bâz bâshad su-ye yamm
Chon beh-Daryâ râh shod az jân-e khom
khom bâ Jayhun bar ârad oshtolom
Z-ân sabab qol gofteh-ye Daryâ bud
har cheh notq-e Ahmadi guyâ bud
Gofteh-ye u jomleh dar Bahr buz
keh delesh-râ bovad dar Daryâ nofuz
Dâd Daryâ chon ze khom-e mâ bovad
cheh `ajab dar Mâhiyi* Daryâ bovad

*The Perfect Human Being.

-- Mathnawi VI:812-817
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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