Monday, January 14, 2013

[Sunlight] This world is a sorcerer



This world is a sorcerer,
and we are the merchants who buy
yards of measured moonbeams.
When it takes the money of our life,
our purse is emptied, and we are left without linen.
You must recite, Say, I take refuge,
crying "O You who are One, come,
save me from those who cast knotted spells."*
But invoke Him with the tongue of deeds as well,
for the tongue of words is weak.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

In jahân jâdust mâ ân tâjerim
keh azu mahtâb-e paymudeh kharim
Chon setad u sim-e `omret ay rahi
sim shod kerbâs ni kiseh tahi
Qul a`ûdhet khvânad bâyad k-"Ay Ahad
hin ze naffâthât afghân vaz `uqad"*
Lik bar khvân az zabân-e fe`l niz
keh zabân-e qawl sostast ay `aziz

*al-Falaq, 1; 4

-- Mathnawi V:1039; 1041-1042; 1044
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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