'Quake helped understand Sa'adi poem'
Fri, 22 Apr 2011 16:06:14 GMT
Tokyo's envoy to Tehran says he understood the meaning of the Persian poem adorning the entrance of the UN building in New York after the recent earthquake in Japan.
In an interview with ISNA news agency, Kinichi Kumano said that after Iranian people and officials expressed their sympathies for the Japanese nation and officials, he realized the true meaning of the world-renowned medieval Persian poet, Sa'adi Shirazi.
Sa'adi's aphorism, which adorns the entrance to the Hall of Nations reads;
Of One Essence is the Human Race,
Thusly has Creation put the Base.
One Limb impacted is sufficient,
For all Others to feel the Mace.
The Unconcern'd with Others' Plight,
Are but Brutes with Human Face.
On March 11, a 9-magnitude earthquake jolted Japan, which triggered a tsunami. The quake also threatened Japan, the world's third major economy, with a nuclear disaster.
The Japanese envoy said that more than 27,000 people have been either killed or gone missing after earthquake.