Rumi and the Sufi Tradition – by Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Wine in ferment is a beggar suing for our ferment, Heaven in revolution is a beggar suing for our consciousness. Wine was intoxicated with us, not we with it; the body came into being from us, not we from it. (Mathnawī, I,1811, trans. by R. A. Nicholson). LIKE a majestic peak that dominates the countryside around it near and far, the figure of Mawlānā Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī, that supreme Sufi poet of the Persian language, dominates the whole of the later Sufi tradition in the eastern lands of Islam. He stands out as aspiritual pole not only for the Persian people to whom he belongs by … Continue reading Rumi and the Sufi Tradition – by Seyyed Hossein Nasr