In union with God, of what value are signs?
The one who is blind to Essence
sees Divine action through the attributes:
having lost the Essence he is limited to evidences.
Those who are united with God
are absorbed in the Essence.
How should they focus on His qualities?
When your head is submerged in the sea,
how will your eye fall on the color of the water?


— Mathnawi II:2811-2814
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
“Rumi: Daylight”
Threshold Books, 1994