Tuesday, November 13, 2012

He alone knows what love is - Rumi

MEVLANA Celaleddin RUMI (1207 Balkh/Afghanistan - 1273 Konya/Turkey), Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi also known as Jalal ad-Din Muhammad RUMI was a philosopher and mystic of Islam, but not a Muslim of the orthodox type. His doctrine advocates unlimited tolerance, positive reasoning, goodness, charity and awareness through love. To him and to his disciples all religions are more or less truth. Looking with the same eye on Muslim, Jew and Christian alike, his peaceful and tolerant teaching has appealed to men of all sects and creeds. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO declared 2007 to be the Year of Mevlana as the sage of openness, tolerance and overwhelming power of universal love. 

"Seven Advices of Mevlana Rumi
1. In generosity and helping others be like a river.
2. In compassion and grace be like the sun.
3. In concealing others' faults be like the night.
4. In anger and fury be like one who is dead.
5. In modesty and humility be like the earth.
6. In tolerance be like a sea.
7. Either exist as you are or be as you look."


POEM OF THE BUTTERFLIES 

== English ==
The people of this world are like the three butterflies
in front of a candle's flame.
The first one went closer and said:
I know about love.
The second one touched the flame
lightly with his wings and said:
I know how love's fire can burn.
The third one threw himself into the heart of the flame
and was consumed. He alone knows what true love is.


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