A Garden beyond Paradise
Everything you see has its roots
in the Unseen world.
The forms may change,
yet the essence remains the same.
Every wondrous sight will vanish.
Every sweet word will fade.
But do not be disheartened,
The Source they come from is eternal …
Why do you weep? –
That Source is within you.
And this whole world
is springing up from it.
The Source is full.
Its waters are ever-flowing;
Don’t think it will ever run dry
This is the endless Ocean!
From the moment you came into this world
A ladder was placed in front of you
that you might escape.
Jalaluddin Rumi in God Makes the Rivers To Flow, by Eknath Easwaran.