Leave the familiar for a while.
Let your senses and bodies stretch out
Like a welcomed season
Onto the meadows and shores and hills.
Open up to the Roof.
Make a new water-mark on your excitement
Like a blooming night flower,
Bestow your vital fragrance of happiness
Upon our intimate assembly.
Change rooms in your mind for a day.
All the hemispheres in existence
Lie beside an equator
In your heart.
In your thousand other forms
As you mount the hidden tide and travel
All the hemispheres in heaven
Are sitting around a fire
While stitching themselves together
Into the Great Circle inside of
— Hafiz – The Subject Tonight is Love
Behold how this drop of sea-water
Has taken so many forms and names;
It has existed as mist, cloud, rain, dew, and mud,
The plant, animal, and perfect man;
And yet is was a drop of water
From which these things appeared.
Even so this universe of reason, soul, heavens and bodies,
Was but a drop of water in its beginning and ending.
… When a wave strikes it, the world vanishes;
And when the appointed times comes to heaven and stars,
Their being is lost in not being.
— Sa’d Ud Din Mahmud Shabistari – The Secret Rose Garden – Part III – The Sea and its Pearls
Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things. (Isaac Newton)
The realisation of man’s oneness with the Universe is the noblest and sublimest thing that can happen to him. For such realisation answers his long asked question: ‘Who am I?’ He realises he is not a faceless amorphous atom lost among innumerable particles floating in the space. He realises for the first time that he is an embodiment of cosmic splendour and integrates within himself the influences of the many different zones of the universe and radiations from many different stars and planets. He is no more mere man; he is Brahman for “he sees all beings in his own self and his own self in all beings.”
— Sudhakar S. Dikshit