Friday, November 19, 2010


Some one line quotes from Wittgenstein, mainly from his notebooks:
Certainly it is correct to say: Conscience is the voice of God.

The meaning of life, i.e. the meaning of the world, we can call God.

To pray is to think about the meaning of life.

To believe in a God means to understand the question about the meaning of life.
To believe in a God means to see that the facts of the world are not the end of the matter.
To believe in God means to see that life has a meaning.

It is true: Man is the microcosm:
I am my world.

The way you use the word "God" does not show whom you mean — but, rather, what you mean.

Make sure that your religion is a matter between you and God only.


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quatrain 1080

From sunlight, a version of quatrain #1080:
I want to hold you close,
like a harp,
playing the melodies of love.

But you would rather smash open this jar.
Well, here I am.
Here are the stones.

Version by Jonathan Star and Shahram Shiva
A Garden Beyond Paradise
Bantam Books, 1992


Thursday, November 04, 2010

quatrain 116

From sunlight, three versions of quatrain #116:

Take someone who doesn't keep score,
who's not looking to be richer, or afraid of losing,
who has not the slightest interest even
in his own personality: He's free.

Version by Coleman Barks
"Open Secret"
Threshold Books, 1984

happy is the one
who doesn't need to try
getting wealthy
or remaining poor
free from people
and worldly worries
a stranger to himself
free in every way

Translation by Nader Khalili
Rumi, Dancing the Flame
Cal-Earth Press, 2001

is the one
who's not concerned
with having more or less.
Unbound by name and fame
he is free from sorrow
from the world and
mostly from

Translation by Azima Melita Kolin and Maryam Mafi
Rumi: Whispers of the Beloved
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1999

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