TL;DR: FitzGerald made it up. Why? We don't know.
As I expected, the translations of Rubaiyat are all over the place when it comes to sticking to the original text. First, I came across an analysis or FitzGerald's translation, which says the following:
The sense here is presumably one of a disembodied Voice calling from the Great Unknown.
But, this ...
It can depend on how you read the word "collected", and also how genuine you believe FitzGerald's version - with its omissions and insertions - to be.
11th century - 12th century
The Rubaiyat had been popular in Persia since the 11th century. They were occasional verses, but there is nothing found to show they were brought together and published as a ...
I think there's actually a deeper meaning to this quotation. It touches upon the crucial link between identity and morality. In essence, Rumi is saying, how can I know what to do if I don't know who I am? In my opinion, the larger meaning depends on whether it is viewed as a rhetorical question or not.
If it is viewed as rhetorical, then Rumi is implying ...
Reeds (typha, or reedmace) and rushes (bulrush) are often confused, although they belong to different botanical families. In particular, typha (reedmace) is often misnamed as bulrush. Since both plants grow in water, you will often see them intermixed in streams and along riverbanks. So, a "rushy bed" is simply a bed of bulrushes (or typha).
This story is "The History of Chec Chahabeddin," first printed in an anonymous 1708 volume called Turkish Tales. The full title of the book reads:
Turkiſh Tales; Conſiſting of ſeveral Extraordinary Adventures with the History of the Sultaness of Perſia and the Visiers. Written Originally in the Turkiſh Language, by Chec Zade, for the Uſe of ...
در مسلخ عشق جز نکو را نکشند
In love slaughterhouse, they not kill except the good ones
روبه صفتان زشت خو را نکشند
They will not kill the ill-natured vulpines
گر عاشق صادقی ز کشتن مگریز
Do not run away from death if you are truthful in love
مردار بود هر آنکه او را نکشند
Anybody who is not killed in love slaughterhouse is a ...
This is a translation of the tenth couplet of this poem from the Diwan-e Shams-e Tabrizi:
تو جان جان جهانی و نام تو عشق است
هر آنک از تو پری یافت بر علو گردد
And it translates something like this:
You are the Soul of the Soul of the Universe. And your name is Love
Whoever found a feather of you has come to a high position
Note that this couplet hints ...
Here are some excerpts from Azar Nafisi's introduction to a new edition of the novel (published, and slightly edited, on The Guardian's website, 5/13/2006) that may indicate why it was banned by the Iranian government. In brief, it criticized the state of society and government in Iran at the time, and also talked about "love and eroticism" in a way that ...
Evidently the authors felt that the original translation lacked nuance.
Over the years following the initial publication, in 1908, of this greatly treasured volume that records the explanations given by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in response to questions posed by Laura Clifford Barney during her visits to the Holy Land in 1904-1906, it became evident that the English ...
First off, please be aware that Rumi's poetry is very often very poorly translated from the original Persian; the original meaning is often totally changed or lost in the English version. I found a couple of detailed articles about this online; it's very much worth the time to at least skim through these, check out their examples of Rumi poems with literal ...
The phrase "his textbook on medicine" in this question about Avicenna is a bit misleading, since Avicenna wrote more than one treatise on medicine:
The Canon of Medicine / al-Qānūn fī al-Ṭibb, which is in prose;
The Book of Healing / Kitāb al-Šifāʾ, which is in verse;
an adaptation (in the same metre as The Book of Healing) of a set of Aphorisms attributed ...
TL;DR: This is a bad translation of a line from ghazal 332 in the Diwan-e Shams-e Tabrizi. A more accurate translation would be, “the house of love has no limits”.
This was hard to track down, because the original poem has neither “garden of the world” nor “except in your mind”, leaving us with only “has no limits” to go on! I hope to convince you that this ...
We, in Turkey, use the word 'Pehlivan' as a synonym of 'wrestlers' (we do not use 'Pehliva' but phonetically it must be the singular form of 'Pehlivan') and metaphorically for 'valiant', 'brave', 'gallant' men.
According to Etimoloji Türkçe, this word is based etymologically on 'pahlavān پهلوان ' (a Late-Persian word) which again means 'valiant', 'brave.'
This is a partial answer, not definitive as I haven't been able to get my hands on a full unabridged translation of the original text of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh.
Firstly, let's note that the era being described in this part of the Shahnameh is an ancient time in Persia before the Islamic conquest, when Zoroastrianism was the dominant and state religion. This is ...
The cypress was the most popular tree for Persian gardens. Roses also have a long history. Therefore, giving the cypress and the rose lets the poet avoid using a generic "tree" and "flower" and use archetypal garden plants.
For instance, Omar Khayyam made use of both
Iram indeed is gone with all his Rose,
And Jamshyd's Sev'n-ring'd Cup ...
If Wikipedia can be trusted, the oldest surviving manuscript is the Florence Shahnameh, dating from 1217 CE, "200 years after the final completion of the epic poem in 1010". This manuscript is not illustrated. Also according to Wikipedia, the Florence Shahnameh is "is incomplete and contains only half of the Shahnameh."
Since Wikipedia ...
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This is full text of this poem from the book three of Masnavi
آن شنیدی تو که در هندوستان
دید دانایی گروهی دوستان
گرسنه مانده شده بیبرگ و عور
میرسیدند از سفر از راه دور
مهر داناییش جوشید و بگفت
خوش سلامیشان و چون گلبن شکفت
گفت دانم کز تجوع وز خلا
جمع آمد رنجتان زین کربلا
لیک الله الله ای ...
The "jewel of the secret treasury" strikes me as the heart, and the "seal" and "key" refer to the heart being preserved for the lover and loved, while the "pearls" refer to the loving glances between.
Hearts are often referred to as jewels in poetry, and we also read of the "seal" being upon the "treasure casket"; as the heart is a "jewel", this implies it ...