Reincarnation – a poem by Rumi


The thirteenth-century Persian poet Jalal ad-Din ar-Rumi, known today simply as Rumi, the Poet, wrote one of the most beautiful statements of spiritual wisdom ever offered to humanity, a succinct declaration which places reincarnation in the framework of God-realisation and shows the way for people seeking enlightenment:


I died a mineral and became a plant.

I died a plant and rose an animal.

I died an animal and I was man.

Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?

Yet once more I shall die as man, to soar

With the blessed angels, but even from angelhood

I must pass on. All except God perishes.

When I have sacrificed my angel soul,

I shall become that which no mind ever conceived.

O, let me not exist! For Non-existence proclaims,

“To Him we shall return.”


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