Tuesday, August 27, 2013

[Sunlight] With what work are you occupied?



With what work are you occupied,
and for what purpose are you purchased?
What sort of bird are you,
and with what digestive are you eaten?
Pass up this shop of hagglers
and seek the shop of Abundance where God is the purchaser.*
There Compassion has bought
the shabby goods no one else would look at.
With that Purchaser no base coin is rejected,
for making a profit is not the point.


Dar cheh k�ri to va bahr-e chet kharand
to cheh morghi va tor� b� cheh khvorand
Zin dokk�n b� makk�s�n bartar �
t� dokk�n-e Fazl k-All�ha-shtar�*
K�leh-'i keh hich khalaqesh na-negarid
az khal�qet �n Karim �n-r� kharid
Hich qalbi pish-e U mardud nist
z�nkeh qasdesh az kharidan sud nist

-- Mathnawi VI:1264-1267
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahy� Monastra

*al-Tawbah, 111




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