Tuesday, July 23, 2013

[Sunlight] Bury your own selfhood in His


Bury your own selfhood in His

Don't strive so much to complete your worldly affairs;
don't strive in any affair that's not sacred.

Otherwise at the end, you'll leave incomplete,
your spiritual affairs damaged and your bread unbaked.

The beautifying of your grave isn't done
by means of wood and stone and plaster;

no, but by digging your grave in spiritual purity
and burying your own selfhood in His,

and by becoming His dust, buried in love of Him,
so that from His breath, yours may be replenished.


Dar tamâmi kâr-hâ chandin ma-kush
joz be-kâri keh bovad dar din ma-kush
`qebat to raft khvâhi nâ-tamâm
kâr-hâyet abtar va nân-e to khâm
Vân `emârat kardan gur o lahd
ni be-sangast va be-chub va ni labd
Balke khvod-râ dar safâ guri koni
dar mani-ye U koni dafn mani
Khâk-e U gardi va madfun-e ghamash
tâ damet bâyad madad-hâ az damesh

-- Mathnawi III: 128-132
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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