There are some things which I find hard to let go of, for instance a bag of Cheetos or the remote control. But in all seriousness, I hate these misappropriated Rumi quotes. People who rip these quotes remind me of the British Museum in that they rape and pillage various traditions just for us to enjoy the brief illusion that we are cultured and knowledgeable.
Mystics Aren’t Relationship Counselors
I did some research especially as a fictitious expert on Middle Eastern Affairs as to one of the major themes of the Quran. One of the major themes of the Quran is the immediacy of the presence of God. Check this out:
NOW, VERILY, it is We who have created man, and We know what his innermost self whispers within him: for We are closer to him than his neck-vein. [And so,] whenever the two demands [of his nature] come face to face, contending from the right and from the left, not even a word can he utter but there is a watcher with him, ever-present.
For me the Rumi quotes speaks more to the mystical experience whereby the absolute is ever present but I don’t want to pollute your mind with my expertise opinions. Check out the following from Wikipedia
His Masnavi contains anecdotes and stories derived largely from the Quran and the hadith, as well as everyday tales. On the first page of the Masnavi, Rumi states:
“Hadha kitâbu ‘l- mathnawîy wa huwa uSûlu uSûli uSûli ‘d-dîn wa kashshâfu ‘l-qur’ân.“
This is the book of the Masnavi, and it is the roots of the roots of the roots of the (Islamic) Religion and it is the Explainer of the Qur’ân.
The famous (15th century) Sufi poet Jâmî, said of the Masnavi,
“Hast qur’ân dar zabân-é pahlawî”
It is the Qur’ân in Persian.
Seyyed Hossein Nasr states:
One of the greatest living authorities on Rûmî in Persia today, Hâdî Hâ’irî, has shown in an unpublished work that some 6,000 verses of the Dîwân and the Mathnawî are practically direct translations of Qur’ânic verses into Persian poetry.
So Now What
Yes I know everyone is free to do whatever they like and if they want to take a quote out of context and use it to get laid that fine too. That isn’t a crime. Quoting spiritual quotes and raping traditions does not make one spiritual only a hyppocrite. One reason I love my atheist friends so much is that they use common sense in all departments of their lives. Just as reading men’s Health doesn’t make one physically fit, witha great wardrobe and Don Juan in the bedroom and by Don Juan I mean pleonastic riddled with itches disease and a pervasive emptiness, posting quotes to pep one’s self up doesnt make one spiritual that makes one a poster board for self denial and ignoring therapy.
Best example Would be from catholicism where Jesus said: Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Some priest have taken that seriously and send many kids searching for answers and the police. I don’t believe Jesus intended the Rape [and subsequent cover up] of children. Luckily for us Rumi aside from 6,000 verses of the Dîwân and the Mathnawî being practically direct translations of Qur’ânic verses into Persian poetry, he clearly states:
Rumi says; “Renounce the love of form. Love of faces and forms is not love..”
Sizzling Hot Research Quotes
According to Rumi and others like him, if you love the face or form of anything this is not the love of which he spoke. Such love cannot be satiated in egocentric, romantic love; nor can it be discovered in New Age fadism or by conformity to legalistic or literalistic forms of religion.
- From the Book Sufism and the Way of Blame
But what do sufis know of their own tradition? Next to nothing if you ask me which is why I am uniquely qualified to talk about their tradition. Please read below my official decree.
You don’t have to outwardly steal or rob materials from other lands to be a socio-cultural sodomite. You can enjoy the same title by being a Westerner who without taking a moment to educate oneself transforms spiritual material which is the heirloom of every man and woman alive who feels called, into a commodity and sell it for both your and another’s emotional high.You just as bad as Monseigneur’s secretary at the rectory who sends children looking to serve God into the figurative lion’s den of sexual abuse.
Enjoy the following:
- Serious Work to be Done: New Approaches to Spirituality 1 (caravanofdreams.wordpress.com)
- Renowned Poet & Rumi Expert Coleman Barks Offers Seminal Translation of Persian Literature Masterpiece – RUMI: THE BIG RED BOOK (prweb.com)
- Sufism and the Way of Blame featured on the Ibn Arabi Society book Notices for 2011 (caravanofdreams.wordpress.com)