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Monday, August 08, 2005

Reading Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi - Masnavi


Found a great website khamush let me know in comments if you know of anyother good Rumi site. I will link it here.

Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi - Masnavi:
"Mathnawi VI: 255-260

Wealth has no permanence: it comes in the morning,
and at night it is scattered to the winds.
Physical beauty too has no importance,
for a rosy face is made pale by the scratch of a single thorn.
Noble birth also is of small account,
for many become fools of money and horses.
Many a nobleman's son has disgraced his father by his wicked deeds.
Don't court a person full of talent either,
even if he seems exquisite in that respect:
take warning from the example of Iblis1.
Iblis had knowledge, but since his love was not pure,
he saw in Adam nothing but a figure of clay.

1. Devil

Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
'Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance'
Threshold Books, 1996"

East is so rich in this stuff that I have started missing home. I learned Persian in 1988 and now I have forgotten almost everything, completely. If today someone speaks Persian in front of me I will look at his face with blank eyes. I wish I can go back in time and read all this stuff in original. English translations deliver the essence but they do not deliver the passion you enjoy while reading Rumi in Persian. It is much more soothing to read 'Rumi' in Persian. My Father in Law has a big collection and he is good in Persian too. One day, I may go back learn Persian again and read all his collections. I will definitely do that.


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