Rumi of the day
Everyone is overridden by thoughts;
that’s why they have so much heartache and sorrow.
At times I give myself up to thought purposefully;
but when I choose,
I spring up from those under its sway.
I am like a high-flying bird,
and thought is a gnat:
how should a gnat overpower me?
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Jomleh-ye khalqân sokhreh-ye andisheh-‘and
z-ân sabab khasteh-del o ghamm pisheh-‘and
Qâsedan khvod-râ beh-andisheh deham
chon be-khvâham az miyâneshân bar jaham
Man cho morgh-e awjam andisheh magas
kay bovad bar man magas-râ dast-ras
— Mathnawi II:3559-3561
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
“Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance”
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)