Sunday, December 17, 2006

Night of Union

It's the Night of Union again, the 733rd anniversary of Rumi's death. I'll offer up a quote from Mevlana:

If you want everlasting glory,
don't go back to sleep.

If you want to burn with love,

don't go back to sleep.

You have wasted so many nights!

Tonight, for the love of God,

meet the dawn,

don't go back to sleep!

That translation is by Maryam Mafi and Azima Melita Kolin in 'Rumi: Hidden Music'.


Bil said...

Not bad for a Persian speaker. I wonder how he would have described nuclear proliferation.

Tall Medstudent said...

Of course, the big worry in his time was Mongol Horde proliferation!

That's what drove him to Anatolia...

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