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The Perceiving Eye by Rumi If anyone has eloquence, a listener draws it out: the teacher's enthusiasm and energy are derived from the child he teaches. When the harpist who plays twenty-four musical modes finds no ear to listen, his harp becomes a burden: no song comes to mind, his ten fingers will not function. If there were no ears to receive the message from the Unseen, no prophet would have brought a revelation from Heaven. And if there were no eyes to see the works of God, neither would the sky have revolved, nor would the earth have smiled with fertile greenness. The declaration lawlâka* means this, that the whole business of creation is for the sake of the perceiving eye and the one who sees. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Jazb-e sam`ast ar kasi-râ khvosh labist garmi o jedd-e mo`allem az sabist Changiyi-râ ku navâzad bist o châr chon niyâbad gush gardad chang bâr Nah harâreh yâdesh âyad nah ghazal nah dah angoshtesh be-jonbad dar `amal Gar na-budi gush-hâ-ye Ghayb gir vahy na-âvordi ze Gardun yek bashir Var na-budi did-hâ-ye son` bin nah falak gashti nah khandidi zamin Ân dam-e lawlâka* in bâshad keh kâr az barâ-ye cheshm-e tizast o nazzâr *"But for you," referring to the Holy Tradition (hadith qudsi): "But for you (O Muhammad) I would not have created the worlds."
Mathnawi: VI: 1656-1661 Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance Threshold Books, 1996 Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra courtesy: Sunlight group.
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