Friday, January 25, 2013

Rumi on resurrection

From sunlight:
i was ready to tell
the story of my life
but the ripple of tears
and the agony of my heart
wouldn't let me

i began to stutter
saying a word here and there
and all along i felt
as tender as a crystal
ready to be shattered

in this stormy sea
we call life
all the big ships
come apart
board by board

how can i survive
riding a lonely
little boat
with no oars
and no arms

my boat did finally break
by the waves
and i broke free
as i tied myself
to a single board

though the panic is gone
i am now offended
why should i be so helpless
rising with one wave
and falling with the next

i don't know
if i am
nonexistence
while i exist
but i know for sure
when i am
i am not
but
when i am not
then i am

now how can i be
a skeptic
about the
resurrection and
coming to life again

since in this world
i have many times
like my own imagination
died and
been born again

that is why
after a long agonizing life
as a hunter
i finally let go and got
hunted down and became free


Translation by Nader Khalili
"Rumi -- Fountain of Fire"

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

quatrain 45

From sunlight, two versions of quatrain #45:
there is a soul
within your soul
seek it out
there is a tresure
in your mountain
seek it out
a mystic in motion
if that’s what you are
don’t seek out there
seek inside

Translation by Nader Khalili
Rumi, Dancing the Flame
There is a force within
Which gives you life –
     seek That.
In your body
Lies a priceless gem –
     seek That.
O wandering Sufi,
     if you want to find
     the greatest treasure
     Don’t look outside,
Look inside, and seek That.

Version by Jonathan Star and Shahram Shiva
A Garden Beyond Paradise

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