Thursday, February 24, 2011

quatrain 894

From sunlight, three versions of quatrain #894:
With every word, you break my heart.
You see my story
written in blood on my face,
why do you ignore it,
do you have a heart of stone?

translation by Azima Melita Kolin and Maryam Mafi

Every day, this pain. Either you're numb
or you don't understand love.
I write out my love story.
You see the writing, but you don't read it.

version by Coleman Barks

Every day my heart cries out.
Every night it turns to stone.

The story of my love
is written in blood all over my face.
I asked by Beloved to read it.
He asks me to ignore it.

version by Jonathan Star

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Monday, February 14, 2011

philosophy of mysticism

From the article on Mysticism at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:
We should be suspicious of taking the practice of identifying physical objects as paradigmatic for all epistemology.



Saturday, February 05, 2011

kinds of experience

From Pierre Teilhard de Chardin in The Phenomenon of Man (1955):
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.

source: wikiquote


Thursday, February 03, 2011

quatrain 216

From sunlight, two versions of quatrain #216:
If this me is not I, then
who am I?
If I am not the one who speaks, then
who does?
If this me is only a robe then
who is
the one I am covering?

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

the one you know me
as me it isn't me
who do you think it is
I utter no words with my tongue
who do you think it is
I'm only a shirt
from my head to my toes
the one whose shirt is me
who do you think it is

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

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