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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