Friday, January 18, 2013

[Sunlight] Mining the riches of men



Remember the adage: Men are mines.
One mine may be worth a hundred thousand.
One mine of lurking ruby and carnelian
has more value than countless mines of copper.
O Ahmad, here riches are of no use!
What is wanted is a heart full of love and pain and sighs.

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Yâd-e "al-nâs ma`âden" hin biyâr
ma`dani bâshad fozun az sad hazâr
Ma`dan-e la`l o `aqiq moktanes
behtarast az sad hazârân kân-e mess
Ahmadâ injâ na-dârad sâl sud
Sineh bâyad por ze `eshq o dard o dud

-- Mathnawi II: 2077-2079
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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