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Yet once more I shall die as Man

"I died as a mineral and became a plant,

I died as plant and rose to animal,

I died as animal and I was Man.

Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?

Yet once more I shall die as Man, to soar

With angels bless'd; but even from angelhood

I must pass on: all except God doth perish.

When I have sacrificed my angel-soul,

I shall become what no mind e'er conceived.

Oh, let me not exist! for Non-existence

Proclaims in organ tones,

To Him we shall return."

 

Mawlānā Jalāl-ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī

 

"It is often said that the teachings of Rumi are ecumenical in nature. For Rumi, religion was mostly a personal experience and not limited to logical arguments or perceptions of the senses. Creative love, or the urge to rejoin the spirit to divinity, was the goal towards which every thing moves.The dignity of life, in particular human life (which is conscious of its divine origin and goal), was important.

 

ملت عشق از همه دین‌ها جداست — عاشقان را ملت و مذهب خداست

 

Extrac from wikipedia

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Taken on March 3, 2012