Friday, August 16, 2013

[Sunlight] The meaning of the words of the Tradition



During prayer I am accustomed to turn to God like this
and recall the meaning of the words of the Tradition,
"the delight felt in the ritual prayer."*
The window of my soul opens,
and from the purity of the unseen world,
the book of God comes to me straight.
The book, the rain of divine grace, and the light
are falling into my house through a window
from my real and original source.
The house without a window is hell;
to make a window is the essence of true religion.
Don't thrust your ax upon every thicket;
come, use your ax to cut open a window.


Khuy dâram dar namâz ân eltefât
ma`nâ "qurrat `ayni fi al-salât"*
Rawzan-e jânam goshâdast az safâ
mi resad bi vâseteh nâmeh-ye Khodâ
Nameh o bârân o nur az rawzanam
mi fotad dar khâneh-'am az ma`denam
Duzakhast ân khâneh k-ân bi rawzanast
asl-e din ay bandeh rawzan kardanast
Tisheh har bisheh kam zan biyâ
tisheh zan dar kandan rawzan halâ

*The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing upon him)
is said to have mentioned this as one of the three things
he loved best in the world.

-- Mathnawi III: 2401-2405
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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