“On the World”

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 3:35 pm
A young man from Islamabad, Pakistan expresses himself through photography and the poetry of Rumi.

“On the World”

translation from Discourses of Rumi by Fatemeh Keshavarz

Read the poem:
The world is a mountain
Whatever you say, good or bad, it will echo it back to you
Don't say I sang nicely and mountain echoed an ugly voice…
That is not possibleThe human intellect is a place where hesitation and uncertainty take root
There is no way to overcome this hesitation…except by falling in love

To reach the sea and be happy with a jug water is a waste
The sea that has pearls…
And a hundred thousand other precious things.

Listen to the poem read by:

Houman Pourmehdi
» in Persian

Soleyman Vaseghi
» in Persian
Fatemeh Keshavarz
» in Persian
» in English


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was a 13th-century Persian Sunni Muslim poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic. Rumi’s influence transcends national borders and ethnic divisions: Iranians, Tajiks, Turks, Greeks, Pashtuns, other Central Asian Muslims, and the Muslims of South Asia have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy for the past seven centuries.

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