Monday, April 22, 2013

[Sunlight] “He alone”



He alone has the right to break,
for He alone has the power to mend.

He that knows how to sew together
knows how to tear apart.

Whatever He sells, He buys
something better in exchange.

He lays the house in ruins;
then in a moment
He make it more liveable than before.

-- Mathnawi I, 3882-3886
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994

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Inasmuch as His hand binds what is broken, it follows that
His breaking is assuredly mending.
If thou break it, He will say to thee, "Come, make it whole
(again)"; and thou hast neither hand nor foot (thou art
Therefore He (alone) has the right to break, for He (alone)
can mend what has been broken.
He that knows how to sew (together) knows how to tear
(asunder); whatsoever He sells, He buys (something) better (in
He lays the house in ruins, upside down; then in one moment
He makes it more habitable (than it was before).

-- Mathnawi I, 3882-3886
From The Mathnawi of Jalalu'ddin Rumi
Translation and Commentary by Reynold A. Nicholson
Published and Distributed by The Trustees of
The "E.J.W. Gibb Memorial"




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