There is no Seeker other than Him
THERE IS NO SEEKER OTHER THAN HIM For the lovers, there is no seeking done by themselves, there is no other seeker in the world than Him. This world and the next are a single substance; in reality, there is no unbelief, religion or faith. O you whose breath is like that of Jesus! Don't breathe from such a distance! I am the admirer of the one who is not far-thinking. If you say, "I'll go behind," Don't go! There's no behind. If you say, "I'll go ahead," No! There's no way ahead. Open your hand and be generous, grab the hem of your own robe and be merciful. there is no bandage for this wound except this garment. All good and bad qualities are parts of the dervishes; whoever is not like this, is not a dervish. Whoever has gone beyond "place," his only place is the heart -- such a heart for which there is no place in the world! Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (1207-1273)En annoteret udgave af digtet kan findes her. Billedet forestiller en tænksom Rumi og hans højere selv og er © 1998 Shahriar Shahriari.