Monday, 6 June 2011

Always be present, attentive, and ready in Rumi

If a blow comes to you from Heaven,
be alert to a gift of honor after it;
for He is not the King to slap you
without giving you a crown
and a throne on which to rest.

The whole world is worth only a gnat's wing,
but a single slap may bring an infinite reward.

Slip your neck nimbly out of this golden collar
that is the world, and take the slaps that come from God.

The prophets suffered those blows on the neck,
and from that affliction they lifted their heads high.

But always be present, attentive, and ready in yourself,
youthful one, in order that He may find you at home.
Otherwise He will take back His gift of honor,
saying "I found no one there."

~ Rumi
-- Mathnawi VI: 1638-1643
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996

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