Thursday, 22 December 2011

One who sees without Rumi

One who sees without distortion, 
free of prejudice,has light in the eyes.

Self-interest blinds you
and buries your knowledge in a grave.

Lack of prejudice makes ignorance wise
its presence makes knowledge perverse.

Accept no bribe, and your sight is clear
act selfishly, and you will be enslaved.

~ Rumi
Mathnawi II: 2750-2753
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Art by Christopher Beikmann

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