Thursday, April 04, 2013

[Sunlight] “Every effort finer than the one before”



If you scrutinize the labor of those who follow falsehood,
you'll see that it stinks—
layer upon layer, like an onion—
every effort more pithless than the next.
While with the sincere,
every effort is finer than the one before.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Gar be-kâvi kushesh-e ahl-e majâz
tu be-tu gandeh bud hamchon piyâz
Har yeki az yekdigar bi maghz-tar
sâdeqân-râ yek ze digar naghz-tar

-- Mathnawi II: 2900-2901
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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