Ten Lamps & One Light

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The lamps have been annihilated into light.  For though we see everything by virtue of Light, we are Veiled from the Light, unable to see the Reality, yet drawn to the receptacles of the apparent.

“If ten lamps are in one place,
Each differs in form from another;
Yet you cannot distinguish whose radiance is whose
When you focus on the light.
In the field of spirits there is no division;
No individuals exist.
Sweet is the oneness of the Friend with His friends.
Catch hold of spirit.
Help this headstrong Self disintegrate;
That beneath it you may discover unity,
like a buried treasure.”

Mawlana Jalal ad-Din ar-Rumi (q.s.)


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