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Astrolabe of Love
by Rumi

The lover's ailment is not like any other;
Love is the astrolabe* of God's mysteries.
Whether Love is from heaven or earth,
it points to God.

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`Ellat-e `sheq ze `ellat-h jodst
`eshq astorlb-i asrr-e Khodst
`sheqi gar zin sar va gar zn sarast
`qebat-i m-r bedn serr rahbarast

Mathnawi I: 110-111
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahy Monastra

* Astrolabe: an astronomical instrument for taking the altitude of
the sun or stars, and for the solution of other problems in astronomy
and navigation. Used by Greek astronomers from about 200 B.C., and
by Arab astronomers from the Middle Ages, until superseded by the
sextant.

 

 

 

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