Tuesday, August 13, 2013

[Sunlight] Who but You will break those chains?



O Lord, truly, Your grace is not from our work,
but from your mysterious giving.
Save us from what our own hands might do;
lift the veil, but do not tear it.
Save us from the ego; its knife has reached our bones.

Let us turn from ourselves to You
Who are nearer to us than ourselves.
Even this prayer is Your gift to us.
How else has a rose garden grown from these ashes?


Yâ Rabb in bakhshesh nah hadd-e kâr-e mâst
lotf-e To lotf-e khafi-râ khvod sazâst
Dast gir az dast-e mâ mâ-râ be-khar
pardeh-râ bardâr va pardeh-ye mâ ma-dar
Bâz khar mâ-râ azin nafs-e palid
kârdesh tâ ostokhvân-e mâ resid
Az cho mâ bichâregân in band-e sakht
ki goshâyad ay shah bi tâj o takht
In chonin qofl-e gerân-râ ay Vadud
keh tavânad joz keh fazl-e To goshud
Mâ ze khvod su-ye To gardânim sar
chon Toi az mâ be-mâ nazdiktar
In do`â ham bakhshesh o ta`lim-e Tost
gar nah dar golkhan golestânast az cheh rost

-- Mathnawi II: 2443-2449
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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