” The King spoke hidden words into everyone’s ear

to the spirit of each , He gave a different message.

War among the creatures, hatred among the living

He sets them there each instant: That is a fine friend!

He spoke sweet and flowing words to the rose and made it laugh,

He made a subtle point to the cloud and wet its eyes.

He says to the rose, “Celebration is best!” He says to the cloud

“Weeping is best!” No one accepts the advice of another.

He says to the branch,”Dance!”, to the leaves, “Clap!”,

to the heavens, “Revolve about the earth’s mansions!”.

Hz Mawlana (ra) Diwan (26047-51)

trans by William Chittick.

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