Saturday, June 9, 2012


from: "The Rumi Collection" edited by Kabir Helminski, Shambala Library, 2005.

When the time comes for the embryo 
to receive the spirit of life,
at that time the sun begins to help.
This embryo is brought into movement 
for the sun quickens it with spirit.

From the other stars this embryo 
received only an impression, 
until the sun shone upon it.
How did it become connected with the shining sun
in the womb?

By ways hidden from our senses:
the way whereby gold is nourished,
the way a common stone becomes a garnet
and the ruby red,
the way fruit is ripened, and the way courage co0mes
to one distraught 
with fear.

MATHNAWI 1, 3775-3782
(translated by Kabir Helminski and Camille Helminski)