Sunday, February 15, 2015

Mahmud Shabestari - Look closely

Every particle of the world is a mirror,
In each atom lies the blazing light
of a thousand suns.

Cleave the heart of a raindrop
a hundred pure oceans will flow forth.
Look closely at a grain of sand,
The seed of a thousand beings can be seen.

The foot of an ant is larger than an elephant;
In essence, a drop of water
Is no different than the Nile.

In the heart of a barley-corn
lies the fruit of a hundred harvests;
Within the pulp of a millet seed
an entire universe can be found.

In the wing of a fly, an ocean of wonder;
In the pupil of the eye, an endless heaven.

Though the inner chamber of the heart is small,
the Lord of both worlds
gladly makes his home there.


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