Friday, 20 January 2012

World has no Rumi

Wealth has no permanence: 
it comes in the morning,
and at night it is scattered to the winds.

Physical beauty too has no importance,
for a rosy face is made pale 
by the scratch of a single thorn.

Noble birth also is of small account,
for many become fools of money and horses.

Many a nobleman's son has disgraced his father 
by his wicked deeds.

Don't court a person full of talent either,
even if he seems exquisite in that respect:
take warning from the example of Iblis.

Iblis had knowledge, 
but since his love was not pure,
he saw in Adam nothing but a figure of clay.

~ Rumi 
Mathnawi VI: 255-260 
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996

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