Tuesday, June 11, 2013

[Sunlight] Only that which is worth bringing



If you're lugging a heavy bag,
don't fail to look inside it
to see whether what is inside is bitter or sweet.
If it's really worth bringing along, bring it;
otherwise, empty your sack
and redeem yourself from fruitless effort and disgrace.
Only put into your sack
that which is worth bringing to a righteous sovereign.

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Chon jav�li bas ger�n mi bari
z�n na-b�yad kam keh dar vay be-negari
Keh cheh d�ri dar jav�l az talkh o khvosh
gar hami arzad kashidan-r� be-kash
Var nah kh�li kon jav�let-r� ze sang
b�z khar khvod-r� azin big�r o nang
Dar jav�l �n kon keh mi b�yad kashid
su-ye solt�n�n o sh�h�n-e rashid

-- Mathnawi IV: 1574-1577
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahy� Monastra




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