Friday, April 26, 2013

[Sunlight] "Wasn't it first merely a thought?"



Even though you're not equipped,
keep searching:
equipment isn't necessary on the way to the Lord.
Whoever you see engaged in search,
become her friend and cast your head in front of her,
for choosing to be a neighbor of seekers,
you become one yourself;
protected by conquerors,
you will yourself learn to conquer.
If an ant seeks the rank of Solomon,
don't smile contemptuously upon its quest.
Everything you possess of skill, and wealth and handicraft,
wasn't it first merely a thought and a quest?

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Garcheh âlat nistet to mi talab
nist âlat hâjat andar râh-e Rabb
Harke-râ bini talab-gâr ay pesar
yâr-e u shaw pish-e u andâz sar
Kaz jevâr-e tâlebân tâleb shavi
vaz zelâl-e ghâlebân ghâleb shavi
Gar yeki muri Solaymân be-jost
ma-negar andar jostan-e u sost sost
Harcheh dâri to ze mâl o pisheh-'i
nah talab bud avval va andisheh-'i?

-- Mathnawi III: 1445-1449
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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