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Like Ali at the Gates of Khyber!
by Rumi

Either take up your axe and strike
like Ali at the gates of Khaybar,
or join these thorns with a rose:
bring your fire to Gods light in order that
your fire will disappear in His light,
and all your thorns become roses.


Y tabar bar gir va mardneh be-zan
to `Ali-vr in dar Khaybar be-kon
Y be-golbon vasl kon in khr-r
vasl kon b nr-e nur-e Yr-r
T keh nur-e U kashad nr-e ter
vasl-e U golshan konad khr-e ter

Mathnawi II:1244-1246  
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahy Monastra)

 Bury your own selfhood in His!

 by Rumi

Don't strive so much to complete your worldly affairs;

don't strive in any affair that's not sacred.

Otherwise at the end, you'll leave incomplete,

your spiritual affairs damaged and your bread unbaked.

The beautifying of your grave isn't done

by means of wood and stone and plaster;

no, but by digging your grave in spiritual purity

and burying your own selfhood in His,

and by becoming His dust, buried in love of Him,

so that from His breath, yours may be replenished.


Dar tammi kr-h chandin ma-kush

joz be-kri keh bovad dar din ma-kush

`qebat to raft khvhi n-tamm

kr-hyet abtar va nn-e to khm

Vn `emrat kardan gur o lahd

ni be-sangast va be-chub va ni labd

Balke khvod-r dar saf guri koni

dar mani-ye U koni dafn mani

Khk-e U gardi va madfun-e ghamash

t damet byad madad-h az damesh

Mathnawi III: 128-132
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahy Monastra





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