Know that the world of created beings

is like pure and clear water, reflecting

the attributes of God.

Their knowledge, justice and kindness

reflects God’s like a heavenly star is

reflected in running water.

Earthly kings reflect God’s kingship.

Scholars mirror the wisdom of God.

People and nations may change as

one generation replaces another;

but the divine attributes are eternal.

The water flowing in the stream

changes many times, but the

reflection of the moon and stars

in the water remains the same.

Meulana Jelaluddin Rumi

(Masnavi 6: 3172-8)


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