Friday, July 01, 2011

Free In Every Way

... Free from Freedom Itself ......
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Take someone who doesn't keep score,
who's not looking to be richer, or afraid of losing,
who has not the slightest interest even
in his own personality:
He's free.

Version by Coleman Barks,
"Open Secret"
Threshold Books, 1984

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happy is the one
who doesn't need to try
getting wealthy
or remaining poor
free from people
and worldly worries
a stranger to himself
free in every way

Translation by Nader Khalili
Rumi, Dancing the Flame
Cal-Earth Press, 2001 

is the one
who's not concerned
with having more or less.
Unbound by name and fame
he is free from sorrow
from the world and
from himself.

Translation by Azima Melita Kolin and Maryam Mafi
Rumi: Whispers of the Beloved
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1999

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