Thursday, January 19, 2017

reality is a sphere


 



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They asked al-Hallaj, "To which religious School do you belong?
he answered, "God's own."

He who limned
a thousand worlds with paint -
you layabout! - do you expect
He'll use your color or mine?
Our paints and tints
are but opinions and fantasy,
He is colorless
and we must adopt His hue.

Look: a shadow lies crooked upon the ground because the very earth is laid rough; but no, that crookedness is straightness itself, for the perfection, the "straightness" of the eyebrow is in its sinuous curve.

Only because it is bent
is this piece of wood a bow.

Reality is a sphere: wherever you place your finger,
there is its dead center.


–Fakhruddin 'Iraqi
Divine Flashes




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