Ã‚Â If you are wise like the Friend of God,
the fire is water to you, especially this fire of Love,
which is the soul of all waters . . . and you are a moth.
But the ignorant moth behaves differently than we do:
it sees the light and ends up in the fire.
The heart of the mystic sees fire and goes into the Light.
A fire has been made to look like water,
while within the apparent fire is a real fountain.
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Chon Khalil-e Haqq agar farzÃ„Âneh-‘i
Ã„Âtesh Ã„Âb-e tost va to parvÃ„Âneh-‘i
KhÃ„Âsseh in Ã„Âtesh keh jÃ„Ân-e Ã„Âb-hÃ„Âst
kÃ„Âr-e parvÃ„Âneh beh `aks-e kÃ„Âr-e mÃ„Âst
U be-binad nur va dar nÃ„Âri ravad
del be-binad nÃ„Âr va dar nuri shavad
teshi-rÃ„Â shakl-e Ã„Âbi dÃ„Âdeh-‘and
va andar Ã„Âtesh cheshmeh-‘i bo-g’shÃ„Âdeh-‘and
— Mathnawi V:438; 442-443; 445
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
“Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance”
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of YahyÃ„Â¯ Monastra)