Friday, February 01, 2013

[Sunlight] It is foolishness to claim you were compelled



When you are called into His presence,
and then driven back into the threshold,
know it is your own doing, for sure.
It is foolishness to claim you were compelled,
saying, "This is my predestined lot."
Why were you lucky yesterday?
You yourself have blocked the giving.
The worthy augment their lot.

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Chon terâ shah ze âstâneh pish khvânad
bâz su-ye âstâneh bâz rânad
To yaqin mi-dân keh jormi kardeh-'i
jabr-râ az jahl pish âvordeh-'i
Keh "Merâ ruzi o qesmat in bodast"
pas cherâ di budet ân dawlat bodast
Qesmat-e khvod khvod boridi to ze jahl
qesmat-e khvod-râ fazâyad mard-e ahl

-- Mathnawi II: 2821-2824
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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