Hast o Neest

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Little by Little, from this World of Being & Non-Being
The Non-Existent Leave & the Existent Arrive
Maulana Rumi

The name ‘Hast-o-Neest’ is inspired by a couplet of Jalauddin Rumi illustrating a principle seen in the traditional world-view as underlying all creation – including art – where a gross and ephemeral medium - ‘non-being’ – becomes the locus reflecting or manifesting true ‘Being’.

At Hast-o-Neest, the overall guiding principle is Beauty, jamal. In the traditional Islamic world-view beauty is an aspect of the Creator and is seen as an essential aspect of His creation; by extension it becomes an important aspect of everything one does or creates, including art.

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