Friday, August 23, 2013

[Sunlight] “On Resurrection Day”



On Resurrection Day, the sun and moon are released from service:
and the eye beholds the Source of their radiance,
then it discerns the permanent possession from the loan,
and this passing caravan from the abiding home.
If for a while a wet nurse is needed,
Mother, quickly return us to your breast.
I don't want a nurse; my Mother is more fair.
I am like Moses whose nurse and Mother were the very same.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Dar Qiyâmat shams o mah ma`zul shod
cheshm dar Asl-e ziyâ mashghul shod
Tâ be-dânad melk-râ az mosta`âr
vin rebât-e fâni az dâr al-qarâr
Dâyeh `âriyeh bovad ruzi seh châr
Mâdarâ mâ-râ to gir andar kenâr
Man na-khvâham dâyeh Mâdar khvoshtarast
Musâ-'am man dâyeh-ye man Mâdarast

-- Mathnawi V: 696-698; 701
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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