A moth to the fire of love (Rumi)

“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 farzāneh-‘i
Ātesh āb-e tost va to parvāneh-‘i
Khāsseh in ātesh keh jān-e āb-hāst
Kār-e parvāneh beh ‘aks-e kār-e māst
U be-binad nur va dar nāri ravad
Del be-binad nār va dar nuri shavad
Teshi-rā shakl-e ābi dādeh-‘and
Va andar ātesh cheshmeh-‘i bo-g’shādeh-‘and

— Mathnawi V:438; 442-443; 445
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
“Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance”
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahy¯ Monastra)

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