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)