The painter of ugliness

To ask why evil exists in the world is the same as to ask why there is a creation, and the answer is the infinity of God in His self-manifestation. Rumi expresses this by comparing God to an artist who paints beautiful as well as ugly pictures:

Both kinds of pictures are evidences of his mastery
He makes the ugly of extreme ugliness
It is invested with all possible ugliness
In order that the perfection of his skill may be displayed
and the denier of his mastery may be put to shame.
And if he cannot make the ugly, he is deficient in skill
(Mathnawi II, 2539 ff.)

– from William Chittick, The Sufi Doctrine of Rumi, p. 38.

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~ by tdcatss on January 7, 2014.

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