The Light of the Imam – Poem by Jim Davis

The Light of the Imam

Ultimately there is only Reality (Allah):
it is beyond creation and non-creation;
it is beyond life and death;
it is beyond the infinite and the finite;
it is beyond knowledge and ignorance;
it is beyond pleasure and pain;
it is beyond heaven and hell;
it is beyond nirvana and samsara
it is beyond the One and the many;
and yet the Real can be known.
From the very beginninglessness
the Real has shown its Light
and that Light manifested itself in the world of form.
From Imam Adam to Imam Karim Aga Khan IV
there has never been a time
when this world was without the Light.
The Imam’s Light reaches out
and sparks up the divine light within.
Light upon Light
and so we are raised up,
awakening into Reality

Jim Davis is an author and poet. You may read more about him here at his blog or at his listserv.

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2 thoughts

  1. This a beautiful poem. It really touches your heart if you read it with all your love and affection for your imam. Yet, another great poem to read on Ismailimail. Well done!! :)


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