Rumi – To Him is Our Return
Mathnawi III: 3901-3906
(3901) I died to the mineral state and became a plant; I died to the
vegetable state and reached animality; Rumi
I died to the animal state and became a man; then what should I
fear? — I have never become less from dying.
At the next charge (forward) I will die to human nature, so that I
may lift up (my) head and wings (and soar) among the angels.
And I must (also) jump from the river of (the state of) the angel:
“Everything perishes except His Face.”
(3905) Once again I will become sacrificed from (the state of) the
angel; I will become that which cannot come into the
(3906) Then I will become non-existent; non-existence says to me
(in tones) like an organ: “Truly, to Him is our return.”