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|The sad story of a parrot|
|07/10/01 at 06:43:42|
|To be remembered by Friends !|
The Story of a parrot
There was a merchant and he had a parrot imprisoned in a cage, a pretty parrot
When the merchant made ready for the travel and was about to depart to India
Because of his generosity he said to each male slave and handmaid, "What shall I bring (home) for you? Tell (me) quickly."
Each one asked him for some object of desire: that good man gave him promise to them all.
He said to the parrot, "What would you like me to bring for you from the land of India?"
The parrot said, "When you see the parrots there, explain my plight (and say),
Such and such a parrot, who is longing for you, is in my prison by the destiny of Heaven
She salutes you and asks for justice and desires (to learn) fro you the means and way of being rightly guided.
She says, "Is it meet that I in yearning (after you) should give up the ghost and die here in separation?
Is it right- (that) I (should be) in grievous bondage, while you are now on green plants, now on trees?
The faith kept by friends, is it like this? I in this prison and you in the rose-garden.
O ye noble ones, call to mind this piteous bird, (and drink in memory of me) a morning-draught amongst the meadows!
Happy it is for a friend to be remembered by friends, in particular when that (beloved) is Layla and this (lover) Majnun.
O you who consort with your charming and adored one, am I to be drinking cups filled with my own blood?
( Mathnavi Book I pg 86. Translated by RA Nicholson )
A graphic version @ http://www.jaihoon.com/bouquet/rumiparrot.htm
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