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“The wound is the place where the Light enters you”

— Rumi

[13th century Persian poet & Sufi mystic]

Whilst this may not be a perfect translation of Rumi’s original Persian [پرتو مرهم بر آنجا تافتست], I still like the idea of it – for me it speaks about a way of looking at something negative and seeing how beauty can come from it. Compared to some incorrect/inaccurate Rumi (Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī) quotes, this one doesn’t appear too far off its intended meaning (as far as I can ascertain). Doing some quick research online and reading the phrase/line in context, it appears to be about exposing wounds to the Light as a way of healing (not just physical wounds). I’m sure someone more knowledgeable on the subject has a better understanding than I do, and may even disagree, but either way, it has a profoundly positive message that I find enlightening & worth sharing.