Thursday, March 14, 2013

[Sunlight] Your own good fortune, your own wealth



Even when luck is with you and you're powerful,
still, Prosperity is other than you are:
one day it departs and leaves you poor.
O you who've been chosen, be your own good fortune!
When you have become your own wealth, O man of Reality,
then how will you, who are Prosperity, lose yourself?
How will you lose yourself, O man of good qualities,
when your essence is your wealth and your kingdom?

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Gar to niku-bakhti o soltân-e zaft
Bakht ghayr-e tost ruzi Bakht raft
To be-mândi chon gadâyân bi navâ
dawlat-e khvod ham to bâsh ay mojtabâ
Chon to bâshi Bakht-e khvod ay ma`navi
pas to keh Bakhti ze khvod kay gom shavi
To ze khvod kay gom shavi ay khvosh-khesâl
chonkeh `ayn-e to torâ shod melk o mâl

-- Mathnawi IV: 1109-1112
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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