Thursday, April 11, 2013

[Sunlight] Existence and Nonexistence



Moment by moment you await understanding and spiritual perception,
peace and good to arrive from nonexistence.
Nonexistence, then, is God's factory
from which He continually produces goods.
He has caused what is nonexistent to appear magnificently existent,
while the truly existent He has caused to appear as nonexistent.
He has hidden the Sea, yet made the foam visible;
He has concealed the Wind, but displayed the dust.
The dust whirls in the air higher than a minaret:
does it rise by itself? You see the dust borne high,
but the Wind you don't see, although you can surmise it.
You see the white-capped waves tumbling in every direction,
but without the Sea the foam has no way to move.
You see the foam by sense perception and the Sea by induction:
just as speech is manifest and thought is hidden.

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Dam be-dam az nisti to montazer
keh biyâbi fahm o zawq, ârâm o berr
Pas khazâneh-ye son`-e Haqq bâshad `adam
keh bar ârad zu `atâ-hâ dam be-dam
Nist-râ be-namud hast o mohtashem
hast-râ be-namud bar shakl-e `adam
Bahr-râ pushid o kaf kard âshkâr
bâd-râ pushid o be-namudet ghobâr
Chon manâreh-ye khâk pichân dar havâ
khâk az khvod chon bar âyad bar `alâ
Khâk-râ bini be-bâlâ ay `alil
bâd-râ ni joz beh-ta`rif-e dalil
Kaf hami bini ravâneh har taraf
kaf bi daryâ na-dârad monsaraf
Kaf be-hess bini o daryâ az dalil
fekr panhân âshkârâ qâl o qil

-- Mathnawi V:1022; 1024; 1026-1031
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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