Tuesday, September 17, 2013

[Sunlight] “Charity for God’s sake”



Charity for God's sake has a hundred signs within the heart—
the good deed, a hundred tokens.
Though in charity riches are consumed,
a hundred lives come to the earth in return.
A sowing of pure seeds in God's earth, and then no income! Impossible.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Sad neshân bâshad darun isâr-râ
sad `alâmat hast niku kâr-râ
mâl dar isâr agar gardad talaf
dar darun sad zendegi âyad khalaf
Dar zamin-e Haqq zerâ`at kardani
tokhm-hâ-ye pâk ângah dakhl ni

-- Mathnawi IV:1757-1759
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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