Author: Rumi, translated by Camille and Helminski
Blogger: Andalusian Reality
Consider yourself in a journey to eternity where each stage of the journey symbolizes a station, within each station lies hardships and toil. You experience pain and misery at each station but with every hardship you are greeted with ease.
You are living that journey. The secrets of each station are not known to all but signposts and guides are present along the way. Ascending from one station to another is no easy task. You will gain wisdom from those who have traversed the path before you. This help shall smoothen thy task, but in the end, the journey is yours.
If you really have considered what you have just read then try the Mathnavi of Rumi . . .
Without an escort you’re bewildered on a familiar road;
don’t travel alone on a way you haven’t seen at all;
don’t turn your head away from the Guide. [ I, 2944-5 ]
If you are irritated by every rub,
how will your mirror be polished? [ I, 2980]
A thorn in the foot is hard to find.
What about a thorn in the heart ?
If everyone saw the thorn in his heart,
When would sorrow gain the upper hand ? [ I, 152-3]
Completing the Mathnavi of Rumi is a mammoth task on its own – where to begin ?
Helminski’s “Daylight” makes the task easier for those who seek to begin. Start with a good intention, contemplate over his selection. Try one couplet a day.
[ If you would like to share some of your favorite Rumi couplets – start posting in the comments section – I would love to read them ]
That was: Rumi Daylight – Rumi Trans: Camille & Helminski