Each form you see has its unseen archetype,
if the form should pass, its essence is eternal.
If you have known beauty in a face or wisdom in a word,
let this counsel your heart: what perishes is not real.
Since the springhead is timeless, its branches refresh.
Since neither can cease, what is the cause of your sorrow?
Think of your soul as the source and the created things as springs.
While the source exists, the springs continually flow.
Empty you head of grief and drink from the stream.
Don't think of it failing - this water is endless.
From the moment you came into the manifest world.
a ladder was given that you might escape.
From mineral substance you were transformed to plant,
and later to animal. How could this be hidden?
Afterwards, as man, you developed knowledge, consciousness, and faith.
See how this body has risen from the dust like rose?
When you have walked on from man you will be an angel,
and done with this earth your place will be beyond.
Pass, then, from the angelic and enter the Sea.
Your drop will merge with a hundred Seas of Oman.
Leave him you called "Son," and say "One" with your life.
Although your body has aged, your soul has become young.


Jelaluddin Rumi

from "The Ruins Of The Heart"
translation by Edmund Helminski