MYSTICAL POEMS: “The world is a mirror” by Mahmud Shabistari (1288 – 1340)



Know the world from end to end is a mirror; 
in each atom a hundred suns are concealed. 
If you pierce the heart of a single drop of water, 
from it will flow a hundred clear oceans; 
if you look intently at each speck of dust, 
in it you will see a thousand beings. 

A gnat in its limbs is like an elephant; 
in name a drop of water resembles the Nile. 
In the heart of a barleycorn 
is stored a hundred harvests. 
Within a millet-seed a world exists. 
In an insects wing is an ocean of life. 

A heaven is concealed in the pupil of an eye. 
The core at the center of the heart is small, 
yet the Lord of both worlds will enter there.

—Mahmud Shabistari (1288 – 1340)

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Amazing and in every millet and atom he is there. In both worlds and beyond the worlds too. Such a fantastic and true poem by again a wonderful master, Amira.

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    1. Thank you so much dear Kamal for your beautiful comment and appreciation of the great mystics! Happy New Year!!! ❤ ❤ ❤


      1. You are always welcome dear Amira🙏🙏😊😊😊😊☺️

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  2. Anita Bowden says:

    It is so amazing that this mind-blowing description, which makes so much more sense to us today with all that science has revealed to us, was actually written in the 13th century! And what a beautiful and precise description made that long ago! ❤

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    1. Thank you Anita for your comment! <3🙏 I feel the same way and it blows my mind how these mystics had such a profound understanding so long ago, which we only now can begin to glimpse through quantum physics…

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