Friday, August 09, 2013

[Sunlight] Take refuge with the Decree



Although he was a mountain,
relying only upon his own firmness,
a small flood swept him away.

When the Decree extends its head from heaven,
the intelligent become deaf and blind;
fish are cast from the sea;
birds are miserably caught in the snare.

All are lost except
the one who takes refuge
within the command of God:
no unfortunate aspect among the stars
was ever the cause of shed blood.

Unless you take refuge with the Decree,
nothing you can devise
will ever gain your freedom.


E`temâdesh sabât-e khvish bud
garcheh keh bod nim saylesh dar robud
Chon Qazâ birun konad az charkh sar
`âqelân gardand jomleh kur o kar
Mâhiyân oftand az daryâ berun
dâm girad morgh parân-râ zabun
Joz kasi k-andar Qazâ andar gorikht
khun u-râ hich tarbi`i na-rikht
Ghayr-e ânke dar gorizi dar Qazâ
hich hileh na-dehadet az vay rahâ

-- Mathnawi III: 468-470; 472-473
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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