Essentially An Eye

Peace, one and all…


A human being is essentially an eye:
whatever the eye has beheld, he or she is that.
A jar will submerge a mountain with its water
when the eye of the jar is open to the Sea.
When the interior of the jar has a channel to the Sea,
that jar will overwhelm a river as great as the Oxus.
In the same way whatever speech Muhammad utters,
those words are really uttered by the Sea.
All his words were pearls of the Sea,
for his heart had a passage into that Sea.
Since the bounty of the Sea is poured through our jar,
why should anyone be amazed that the Sea itself
the rest is merely flesh and skin:
should be contained in a Fish?

Masnavi 6.812-817


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