Friday, January 04, 2013

[Sunlight] Wandering in search of His Pleasure



Seek God in self-abasement and self-extinction,
for nothing but forms is produced by thinking.
And if you derive no comfort except from form,
then the form that comes to birth within you involuntarily is best.
Suppose it is the form of a city to which you are going:
you are drawn there by a formless feeling of pleasure, O dependent one;
therefore, you are really going to that which has no location,
for pleasure is something different from time and place.
Suppose it is the form of a friend to whom you would go:
you are going for the sake of enjoying his company;
therefore, in reality you go to the formless world,
though you are unaware of that being the object of your journey.
In truth, then, God is worshiped by all,
since all wayfaring
is for the sake of the pleasure of which He is the source.

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Dar tazarro` juy o dar efnâ-ye khvish
kaz tafakkor joz sovar n-âyad be-pish
Var ze ghayr-e suratet na-bovad fareh
surati k-ân bi to zâyad dar to beh
Surat-e shahri keh ânjâ mi ravi
zawq-e bi suratet keshidet ay ravi
Pas be-ma`nâ mi ravi tâ lâ makân
keh khvoshi ghayr-e makânast o zamân
Surat-e yâri keh su-ye u shavi
az barâ-ye mo'nesi'esh mi ravi
Pas be-ma`nâ su-ye bi surat shodi
garcheh ze ân maqsud ghâfel âmadi
Pas haqiqat Haqq bud ma`bud-e koll
kaz pay-e zawqast sayrân-e sobol

-- Mathnawi VI: 3749-3755
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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