Friday, May 17, 2013

[Sunlight] “Borrowed certainty”



If your knowledge of fire has been turned
to certainty by words alone,
then seek to be cooked by the fire itself.
Don't abide in borrowed certainty.
There is no real certainty until you burn;
if you wish for this, sit down in the fire.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Ze âtesh az `elmet yaqin shod az sokhan
pokhtagi ju dar yaqin manzel ma-kon
Tâ na-suzi nist ân `ayn al-yaqin
in yaqin khvâhi dar âtesh dar neshin

-- Mathnawi II :860-861
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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