That's the complaint about Barks. He translated without context. But he is the one who made millions with Rumi :-)

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Same verses as translated by Iranian Academic Fatemeh Keshavarz.

"..If anyone asks you about the houris, show your face, say:
like this!


If anyone seeks a fairy, let them see your countenance,
If anyone talks about the aroma of musk, untie your hair [and] say:
like this!

If anyone asks: “How do the clouds uncover the moon?” untie the front of
Your robe, knot by knot, say:
like this!

See the difference. Houris (heavenly virgins) become 'Satisfaction of sexual wanting in Barks'

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From Rumi's 'Like This' poem translated by Coleman Barks

"If anyone asks you
how the perfect satisfaction
of all our sexual wanting
will look, lift your face
and say,

Like this.

If anyone wants to know what “spirit” is,
or what “God’s fragrance” means,
lean your head toward him or her.
Keep your face there close.

Like this.

When someone quotes the old poetic image
about clouds gradually uncovering the moon,
slowly loosen knot by knot the strings
of your robe.

Like this.

"..After a while you learn…
That even sunshine burns if you get too much.

So you plant your garden and decorate your own soul,
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers."

'After A While', Jorge Luis Borges . Full poem here

Ran my third Half Marathon in 60 days yesterday. MEPZ Half Marathon 2020. Slightly hilly course. Finished at 2:50:06. Since temperature will soar to 40 deg C in coming months, next race will be only in July for me. Running these three races has boosted my confidence a lot. Hopefully by year end will break 2:30.

This race too had its share of drama. On the way to the race at 4.30 AM my scooter tyre got punctured. Parked it in a nearby building, took a cab, made it just in time for 5.00 AM start

RT @paritoshZero
Memories are short. What's the status on:
1. JNU (Komal Sharma)
2. Jamia (bus, library, blinded boy)
3. UP police brutality, protesters who died
4. Dr. Kafeel Khan
5. Davinder Singh
6. Elgar Parishad accused: Navlakha, Bharadwaj etc
7. Kashmir?

In politics, there is nothing called "Religious Identity- Mild". There can't be a Hindutva-Lite, or Islamicist-Lite or Sikhi-Lite. Those who think so, have failed to learn the correct lessons from Prakash Singh Badal who got overrun in Bhindranwale's time or the Iranian liberals who relied on Kohmeni to liberate them from the Shah. If you play with fire, you will get burned

"The respondent police have failed to register FIRs which would go to show that a deliberate attempt is underway to cover up police excesses by implicating innocent persons at the whims and caprice of the police."

- Karnataka High Court

காம்யூவின் அயலானாய்
அயன் ரான்டின் கால்ட்டாய்
திரள் சேராத் தனியனாய்
என்னை வகுத்துக் கொள்ள ஆசை தான்

படைப்பு வீட்டில்
பங்காளிகளுடன் பந்தி பரிமாறி
திருவிழாவில் திளைக்கும் மனமோ
திரளில் ஒருவன் தான் நீ என்று கெக்கலிக்கிறது இந்தக் கட்டுரை படிச்சவுடன எழுதியது :-)

Finished the Inner Strength Half Marathon at. 2.43.11. That is forty minutes faster than the Sketchers Half Marathon I ran last month in 3.22.47. so what did I do different?

I wore my shorts inside out. No really. At the start line, as the race started, I tried to put my phone in the side pocket and found there were no pockets. Then it dawned on me I had worn my shorts inside out. So ran that way, carrying the phone in my hand :-)

The Tamil Kurunthokai poem is about 2300 years old. Japanese Haiku is 300 years old. Vikram Seth's poem is about 20 years old. But the emotion is same. Separation hurts.

Justice A P Shah : The govt has taken up the mantle of deciding who has the right to be protected and who does not

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"பால்நினைந் தூட்டுந் தாயினும் சாலப்
    பரிந்துநீ பாவியே னுடைய
ஊனினை உருக்கி உள்ளொளி பெருக்கி
    உலப்பிலா ஆனந்த மாய
தேனினைச் சொரிந்து புறம்புறந் திரிந்த
    செல்வமே சிவபெரு மானே
யானுனைத் தொடர்ந்து சிக்கெனப் பிடித்தேன்
    எங்கெழுந் தருளுவ தினியே"

திருவாசகம் - பிடித்த பத்து. நண்பர் ஒருவர் நேற்று முன்தினம் நாட்சில் நாடனின் 'சாலப் பரிந்து' சிறுகதை பற்றிப் பதிவிட்டிருந்தார். இன்று இது கண்ணில் பட்டது.

நாஞ்சில் என்றும் பாடம் புகட்டும் ஆசான்.

Health Insurance is Scam

What we to demand is

Free Treatment in GH for all citizen for all diseaes

Exclusion of Healthcare from consumer courts so that
Such free treatment for all is possible within the health budget

Need to be frugal and cut frills
👆Link clearly says paralysis due to accident/illness is co…

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