Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Rumi and Shams tabriz

I am sure you here are all familiar with the eloquence of Mawlana Jalal al-Din Rumi, the great poet. He was a professor in Konya and he used to teach his students with big piles of books stacked up in front of him. There is a story about him which illustrates two aspects of Sufism;
One day a seeming madman blew in from the dessert and rather rudely interrupted the class. He came to the front and, pointing at the books, said, “What’s all of this?”
Rumi couldn’t be bothered by a foolish question like that and said, “You don’t know.” He gestured to him to sit in the back and there Shams, the dervish, sat. Suddenly the pages of the books started to burn. Great flames were leaping from the desk.
Rumi jumped up and said, as he looked at Shams, “What is this!”
Shams replied, “You don’t know.”

One path is the path of FALSIFAH which imparts meaning..the other is the path of the heart.

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