Monday, April 01, 2013

[Sunlight] “Each creature glorifies You in a different way”



Each creature glorifies You in a different way,
and each is unaware of the states of the other.
The human being doesn't believe that stones utter praise,
but inanimate things are masters of worship.
The seventy-two sects are dubious about each other's state.
Since I pay no attention to the glorification of one who speaks,
how should my heart recognize
the worship offered by the mute?

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Har yeki tasbih bar naw`i degar
guyad va az hâl-e ân in bi khabar
dami monker ze tasbih-e jamâd
va ân jamâd andar `ebâdat ostâd
Balke haftâd o do mellat har yeki
bi khabar az yekdegar va andar shakki
Chon man az tasbih-e nâteq ghâfelam
chon be-dânad sobheh-ye sâmet delam

-- Mathnawi III: 1496-1498; 1500
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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