Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Here it is the last regular episode of CDHK's exploration of Persian poetry "praise to the emptiness" in which we explored wonderful poems by three very renown Persian poets, Rumi, Hafiz and Saadi. In this last episode I have a nice poem by Saadi for you, maybe it's not a poem more a kind of parable (as Jesus Christ for example told), but I think it's a nice way to conclude this beautiful spiritual month full of poems ...
The Pearl and the Ocean
A drop of rain trickled from a cloud into the ocean. When it beheld the breadth of its waters it was utterly confounded:
"What a place is this Sea, and what am I? If it is existent, verily I am non-existent."
Whilst it was thus regarding itself with the eye of contempt, an oyster received and cherished it in its bosom.
Fortune preferred it to a place of honor; for it became a renowned royal Pearl.
Because it was humble, it found exaltation: it knocked at the door of Nonentity that it might arise into Being.
© Saadi (c. 1213-1291) (From The Bustan; translated by Samuel Robinson)