Absolute joy has no room for sadness,
Nor has the heart that rests beyond the sky.
He whose mind dwells in the hanging stars
Will not sow seeds of sadness on this earth.
#805, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis
By Coleman Barks (Translator)