The home we seek is in eternity;
The Truth we seek is like a shoreless sea,
Of which your paradise is but a drop.
This ocean can be yours; why should you stop
Beguiled by dreams of evanescent dew?
The secrets of the sun are yours, but you
Content yourself with motes trapped in its beams.
Turn to what truly lives, reject what seems
–Which matters more, the body or the soul?
Be whole: desire and journey to the Whole.
—Farid ud Din ‘Attar, from “The Peacock’s Excuse”