The opposite of light shows what is light

A selective reading from Rumi’s Masnavi.
Translation by E.H. Whinfield.


The opposite of light shows what is light,
Hence colors too are known by their opposite,
God created pain and grief for this purpose,
To wit, to manifest happiness by its opposites;
But, as God has no opposite, He remains hidden.
God’s light has no opposite in the range of creation.


Every moment the world and we are renewed,
Yet we are ignorant of this renewing forever and aye.
Life, like a stream of water, is renewed and renewed,
Though it wears the appearance of continuity in form.

About Suresh Emre

I have worked as a physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory. I am a volunteer for the Renaissance Universal movement. My main goal is to inspire the reader to engage in Self-discovery and expansion of consciousness.
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