Peace, one and all…
Today is Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi’s 800th birthday (may Allah sanctify his secret)! As Baba Darvish (aka Irving bhai) rightly observes, on September 30th 1207 Mevlana Rumi was born in Balkh (modern day Afghanistan).
I’d like to offer one of my favourite passages from Rumi (as translated by Shaykh Kabir Helminski)
‘The interpretation of a sacred text is true
if it stirs you to hope, activity and awe;
and if it makes you slacken your service,
know the real truth to be this:
it’s a distortion of the sense of the saying,
not a true interpretation.
This saying has come down
to inspire you to serve –
that God may take the hands
of those who have lost hope’
(Mathnawi V, 3125-3130)