Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Give and take...by Rumi

When you have eaten too much honey,
it causes you a fever, not someone else;

your day's wages aren't given
to someone else at day's end.

What work have you done
without its returning to you in some form?

What seed have you sown
without the produce coming back to you?

Your own action born of your soul and body
clings to your skirt, like your own child.

In the unseen world that action
takes a form corresponding to its nature.

~ Rumi
-- Mathnawi VI: 417-420
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996

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