Mathnawi IV: 2482-2486
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 2000, p. 75
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
How can you see the Siratal al-Mustaqim?
The human being is like the water of the river:
when it becomes turbid, you can't see to the bottom.
The bottom of the river is full of jewels and pearls:
pay attention, don't stir up the water,
for originally it's pure and free from pollution.
The human spirit resembles the atmosphere:
when air is mixed with dust, it veils the sky,
and prevents the eye from seeing the sun;
but when the dust is gone, the air once again becomes pure.
Despite your complete darkness,
God may offer you visions,
that you might find the way of deliverance.