When shadows grow larger than (physical) stature,
and words, more than merit,
may it be understood
sun dipping (below the horizon) is imminent.
PS: Not a word by word translation from Gujaratexpress.com and image from Manfrotto Imagine
Man changes his residence,
his clothes, relations and friends too.
Even so disturbed he remains,
For he changes not himself.
For years, Ghalib
the dust was on his face and
he was wiping it off the mirror.
Source: Pinterest, translation not word by word.
He asked the old man for some advice.
The old man turned to him: ‘Have you ever washed utensils?’
What an odd thing to ask! Mildly irritated he said, ‘Yes, what of it?’
‘What did you learn?’
‘What is there to learn from it? All that one does is to scrub it clean.’
The old man smiled at him: ‘Yes, you’re right…but it’s done harder on the inside than on the outside.’
Source: Strictly not a word-by-word translation of the original from Pinterest, possibly a zen story.