Poem of the Atoms – Rumi

O’ day, arise!
shine your light , the atoms are dancing

Thanks to Him the universe is dancing,
overcome with ecstasy , free from body and mind

I’ll whisper in your ear where their dance is leading them.

All the atoms in the air and in the desert are dancing ,
puzzled and bemused to the ray of light,
they seem insane.

All these atoms are not so different than we are,
happy or miserable,
perplexed and bewildered

We are all beings in the ray of LIGHT from The Beloved,

Nothing can be said.

Jalaluddin Rumi was a 13th-century poet, jurist, scholar and theologian. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages. The major themes of his poems are LOVE for God, spiritual states and progression.

After reading his ‘Poem of the Atoms’ , a question popped up in my mind. How Jalaluddin Rumi, a poet from 13th century understood and described ATOM in this poem, while the “ATOM” itself was physically discovered in the 19th century?

“Today scientists know that sub-atomic particles rotate around a nucleus, planets rotate around stars, stars circle around galaxies and that life occurs in cycles. Everything from the infinitely small to the infinitely large is participating in an orbit – a form of cosmic dance with no clear beginning or end.”

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