Just as staying at home is easy for some,
traveling comes easy to others.
Each of us was made for some particular work,
and the desire for that work has been placed in our hearts.
How should hand and foot be set in motion without desire?
If you see your desire leading toward Heaven,
unfold your wings to claim it;
but if you see your desire bends to the earth,
The wise weep in the beginning;
the foolish beat their heads at the end.
Discern the end from the beginning
so that you may not be repenting
when the Day of Reckoning arrives.
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Hamchonânke sahl shod mâ-râ hazar
sahl shod ham qawl digar-râ safar
Har kasi-râ bahr-e kâri sâkhtand
mayl-e ân-râ dar delesh andâkhtand
Dast o pâ bi mayl jonbân kay shavad
khâr o khas bi âb o bâdi kay ravad
Gar be-bini mayl-e khvod su-ye samâ
par-e dawlat bar goshâ hamchon homâ
Var be-bini mayl-e khvod su-ye zamin
nawheh mi kon hich ma-neshin az hanin
`qelân khvod nawh-hâ pishin konand
jâhelân âkher be-sar bar mi zanand
Ze ebtedâ-ye kâr âkher-râ be-bin
tâ na-bâshi to pashimân Yawm-e Din
-- Mathnawi, III:1616-1623
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra