Tuesday, May 24, 2005

To Take a Step Without Feet

To ArchMemory

To Take a Step Without Feet

This is Love: to fly toward a secret sky,
To cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.

First, to let go of life.
In the end, to take a step without feet;

to regard this world as invisible,
and to disregard what appears to the self.
Heart, I said, what a gift it has been
to enter this circle of lovers,
to see beyond seeing itself,
to reach and feel within the breast.
My soul, where does this breathing arise?
How does this beating heart exist?
Bird of the soul, speak in your own words,
and I will understand.
The heart replied: I was in the workplace
the day this house of water and clay was fired.

I was already fleeing that created house,
even as it was being created.

When I could no longer resist, I was dragged down,
and my features were molded from a handful of earth.
Jalaluddin RUMI
(translated by Coleman Barks)


  • Thank you...

    By Blogger arch.memory, at Tue May 24, 09:31:00 PM PDT  

  • chaos

    you attractted my attention to Jalaluddin RUMI .. I khnow him of cours but first time to leasen will to him .. but my English not that will .. do you know any arabic translation you respict ..?

    Do you understand my broken English..?

    cinemay ( Mwaten now )

    By Blogger Mowaten, at Mon Jun 13, 06:53:00 AM PDT  

  • Mwaten (Formerly known as Cinema'y)

    Of Course there are many Arabic Translations of Rumi's work:
    Al Mathnawi Ma'3nawi (4 volumes) is available in Cairo..
    I bought a whole set from Madbouli Bookshop....but may be Al Sherouq bookshop has it too..
    Also his Diwan (Shams el Tabrizi) is fantastic....I was not able to find any Arabic translations of the Diwan in Cairo, but I know it was translated 9I will check again with a friend who's a Rumi scholar in Cairo and let you know)

    Enta to'morr ya Mwaten basha..:))

    and off course I understand your problem at all

    By Blogger ChaösGnösis, at Mon Jun 13, 12:50:00 PM PDT  

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