Jalaluddin Rumi on Love – Reading Daar-u’l-Masnavi
109 `âshiqî paydâ-st az zâriy-é del
nêst bîmârê chô bîmâriy-é del
illat-hâ jodâ-stishq asturlâb-é asrâr-é khodâ-st
âshiqî gar z-în sar-o gar z-ân sar-astâqibat mâ-râ ba-d-ân sar rahbar-ast
112 har-che gôy-am
ishq-râ sharH-o bayânishq ây-am khajil bâsh-am az ân
113 gar-che tafsîr-é zabân rôshan-gar-ast
lêk `ishq-é bê-zabân rôshan-tar-ast
114 chûn qalam andar neweshtan mê-shetâft
chûn ba-`ishq âmad qalam bar khwad shekâft
aql dar sharH-ash chô khar dar gel be-khoftishq-o
âshiqî hamishq goft
116 âftâb âmad dalîl-é âftâb
gar dalîl-at bây-ad az way rô ma-tâb.
109 Love intoxication is clearly shown by the heart’s misery. There
isn’t any sickness like the sickness of the heart.
110 The “madness” of the lover is distinct from other illnesses. Love is
the astrolabe of the secrets of God.
111 Whether being a lover is from this or that origin, eventually it is
our guide to that Origin.
112 Whatever I say about Love, description and
explanation, when I reach Love I am ashamed of that.
113 Although the explanation of the tongue is
illuminator, yet Love without the tongue is clearer.
114 When the pen was hurrying in writing, when it
reached Love, it shattered against itself.
115 In its explanation, the intellect lay down like a
donkey in the mud. Love spoke explanation of both love and being in love.
116 The sun is the example of the sun: if you need proof,
from — don’t turn face away!
Daar-u’l-Masnavi- Book I: 109-116 [1258 -1261CE]
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