Tuesday, August 06, 2013

[Sunlight] Falsehood is like a piece of straw



Since the shining truth is a cause of tranquility,
the heart will not be calmed by lying words.
Falsehood is like a piece of straw, and the heart like a mouth:
a straw never remains quietly hidden in the mouth.
As long as it's there, the one annoyed by it keeps moving his tongue,
so that he may rid his mouth of it.


Chon toma'ninast sedq bâ forugh
del niyârâmad be-goftâr-e dorugh
Kezb chon khas bâshad va del chon dehân
khas na-gardad dar dehân hargez nehân
Tâ daru bâshad zabâni mi zanad
tâ bedânesh az dehân birun konad

-- Mathnawi VI: 2576-2578
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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