Wednesday, August 21, 2013

[Sunlight] "Would that you could know yourself for a time!" -- Ghazal 3003



Would that you could know yourself for a time!
Would that you would see a sign of your own beautiful face!
Then you would not sleep in water and clay
like an animal: You would go to the house of joy of all lovely
You would travel to your every far corner to
make yourself manifest, for Hidden Treasure has remained
concealed within you!
Were you only this body, you would have no news of
the spirit; were you only this spirit, you would rest happily
within it.
Like others you would make do with good and evil,
you would manage with this and that - if, that is, you were
only this and that.
Were you only one stew, you would have a single
flavor; were you only one pot, you would boil in just one
Were you to be purified of this churning agitation,
you would reside on top of the heavens like those who are
To every image of your own imagination you say,
"Oh, my spirit, my world!" Were these images to disappear,
you yourself would be the spirit and the world.
Enough, for your words have become intellect's
shackle! If not for words, you would be nothing but
tongue like the Universal Intellect.
Enough, for knowledge is a veil upon knowledge -
if you knew that you are the King, why would you remain
the interpreter?

-- Ode 3003
Translation by William C. Chittick
"The Sufi Path of Love"
SUNY Press, Albany, 1983




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