Of one essence


Of one Essence is the human race,
thus has Creation put the Base;
One Limb impacted is sufficient,
For all Others to feel the Mace.”

~ Sa’di


7 thoughts on “Of one essence

    • Dear Ranu,

      Thank you for your visit and appreciation of these lines from shaykh Sa’di. These lines grace the entrance to the Hall of Nations, at the UN building, in New York.

      A different translation is:

      Human beings are members of a whole,
      In creation of one essence and soul.

      If one member is afflicted with pain,
      Other members uneasy will remain.

      If you have no sympathy for human pain,
      The name of human you cannot retain.

      All good wishes,


    • Dear Anjali,

      Thank you very much for your visit and comments. If only…yes. May it remain that, at least, one person remains in this world to remember and live this.

      All good wishes,


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