Wednesday, January 09, 2013

[Sunlight] "Look inside, and seek That" -- Quatrain 45


Today, Sunlight offers two interpretations of Quatrain 45:


There is a force within
Which gives you life –
seek That.
In your body
Lies a priceless gem –
seek That.
O wandering Sufi,
if you want to find
the greatest treasure
Don't look outside,
Look inside, and seek That.

-- Version by Jonathan Star and Shahram Shiva
A Garden Beyond Paradise
Bantam Books, 1992


there is a soul
within your soul
seek it out
there is a tresure
in your mountain
seek it out
a mystic in motion
if that's what you are
don't seek out there
seek inside

--Translation by Nader Khalili
Rumi, Dancing the Flame
Cal-Earth Press, 2001




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