Monday, January 21, 2013

[Sunlight] The heart that is the axis of the world



If a wealthy person brings a hundred sacks of gold,
God will only say,
"Bring the Heart, you who are bent double.
If the Heart is pleased with you, I am pleased;
and if the Heart is opposed to you, I am opposed.
I don't pay attention to 'you;' I look to the heart:
bring it, poor soul, as a gift to My door!
Its relation to you is also mine:
Paradise is at the feet of mothers."*
The heart is the mother and father and origin of all creatures:
the one who knows the heart from the skin is blessed.
You will say, "Look, I have brought a heart to You":
God will respond: "The royal service is full of these hearts.
Bring the heart that is the axis of the world
and the soul of the soul of the soul of Adam."
The Ruler of all hearts is waiting
for a heart filled with light and goodness.

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Sad jovâl-e zar biyâri ay ghani
Haqq be-guyad "Del biyâr ay monhani
Gar ze to râzist Del Man râziyam
var ze to mo`rez bovad a`râziyam
Na-negaram dar 'to' dar ân del be-negaram
tohfeh u-râ âr ay jân bar daram
Bâ to u chonast hastam man chonân
zir-e pâ-ye mâdarân bâshad Jenân"*
Mâdar o bâbâ o âsel-e khalq ust
ay khonok ânkas keh dânad del ze pust
To be-guyi "Nak del âvordam be-To"
guyadet "Porast azin del-hâ qotu
n deli âvor keh qotb-e `âlam ust
jân-e jân-e jân-e jân-e dam ust"
Az barâ-ye ân del por-e nur o berr
hast ân Soltân-e del-hâ montazer

-- Mathnawi V: 881-888
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)





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