I wonder at these people who say:
"How can the saints and the lovers love that ineffable world, since it has no place or form and is beyond description?
How can they derive replenishment and aid from it and be affected by it?"
After all, they themselves are occupied with the same thing night and day.
Take this person who loves a woman and derives replenishment from her:
After all, this replenishment, kindness, goodness, knowledge, recollection, thought, joy, heartache -- he derives all these things, and all dwell in the world of No-place.
Moment by moment he receives replenishment from these meanings and is affected by them, but this does not cause him any wonder.
Yet he wonders how some people are in love with the world of No-place and draw replenishment from it.
"Fihi ma fih (The Discourses of Rumi)" 38-39/50
Translation by Professor William Chittick, "The Sufi Path of Love",
SUNY Press, 1985
The "Fihi ma fih" (literally, "What's in it is in it"), also known as "The Discourses of Rumi", provides a record of 71 talks and lectures given by Rumi on various occasions, some of them formal, and some of them rather informal. ( Collapse )