From pre-eternity to post-eternity
is but a single breath,
A breath free of all these melodies
high and low.
Treasure this breath,
this moment you now enjoy,
Spending it in happiness: there is
no time for sorrow.
Once this moment has passed,
it is gone forever.
Your time is less
than the very least you can imagine.
If you spend this moment laughing,
the world will be all laughter.
But if you fall into depression,
the world will be all sorrow.
Don’t give your heart to this unstable,
With all its ups and downs,
its twists and turns.
Lighten another’s heart;
be light of heart yourself,
For the highest gain in the world
Take care, Nurbakhsh,
not to hurt any heart,
For this is more valuable
than any crown or throne.
by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh
Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh (10 December 1926 – 10 October 2008) Dr. Nurbakhsh was born in the city of Kerman, Iran . He was the Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order from 1953 until his death. He was also a psychiatrist and a successful writer in the fields of both psychiatry and Sufi mysticism.
As well as his revival of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order and his many written works, Dr. Nurbakhsh became one of Iran’s foremost psychiatrists. Dr. Nurbakhsh believed that all are equal in love. According to his obituary in Payvan’s Iran news, he “promoted the creed of fraternity and equality of all human beings, regardless of gender, race, nationality and religion.”