Tell me, life of this world, does anyone exist but you?
Without life, or this world, does anything exist but you?
I do wrong, and you inflict harsh punishment for wrong.
Then between us, is there really any difference, tell me?
#1545, 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)