Photo: Persian miniature of Firdausi (d.1020 AD), Shahnameh, Persia, dated 900 AH/1494-95.
Thou, O creature of God, wast created of the dust; therefore, be humble as the dust. Be not covetous, nor oppressive, nor headstrong. Thou art from the dust; be not like fire. When the terrible fire raised his head in pride, the dust prostrated itself in humility. And since the fire was arrogant and the dust was meek, from the former were the demons formed, and from the latter mankind.
'The Need for a Sacred Science'
By Seyyed Hossein Nasr
The meaning of a science rooted in the sacred, its contrast to modern science and its pertinence to us today.