Whoever received an atom of this pain of Love
For him both yesterday and tomorrow become today
Everything we see is really One
The months, the years are all just a day.
A thousand centuries have passed us by
Yet this pain forever haunts us in the same way
Whoever embarks on the search for a friend
Must burn in this fire and wait;
But each day he burns, is his day to celebrate
I see only an atom of this pain
Whose sweet sting
Has reached the depth
Of everything
This pain is nothing else
That the one that stokes the fire of Love;
This is the pain of that secret
That offers us a reason to live and love

– Farid ud-Din Attar (1145 – 1221) rahimahu Llah –