Water is H2O, hydrogen two parts, oxygen one, but there is also a third thing that makes water,
and nobody knows what that is.

–D. H. Lawrence

Thursday, January 17, 2013


Consider the creatures as pure and limpid
water, within which shine the Attributes of the Almighty.

Their knowledge, their justice, their kindness –
all are stars of heaven reflected in flowing water.

Kings are a locus of manifestation of God's
Kingliness, the learned a locus for His Knowledge.

Generations have passed, and this is a new
generation. The moon is the same, the water different.

Justice is the same justice, learning the same
learning, but peoples and nations have changed.

Generation upon generation has passed, oh
friend, but these Meanings are constant and everlasting.

The water in the stream has changed many times,
but the reflection of the moon and the stars remains the same . . .

All pictured forms are reflections in the water
of the stream; when you rub your eyes, indeed, all are He.

William C. Chittick translation


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