WHICH KNOWLEDGE IS BETTER THAN IGNORANCE One day…

WHICH KNOWLEDGE IS BETTER THAN IGNORANCE?

One day Ruknuddin, when conversing with Shams-i-Tabriz, had said to him,
“In the land of Roum is a Sufi who glows with divine love; thou must go
thither and fan this glow to a clear flame.” Shams-i-Tabriz immediately
went to Iconium. On his arrival he met Jalaluddin riding on a mule in
the midst of a throng of disciples who were escorting him from the
lecture hall to his house. He at once intuitively recognised that here
was the object of his search and his longing. He therefore went straight
up to him and asked, “What is the aim of all the teaching that you give,
and all the religious exercises which you practise?” “The aim of my
teaching,” answered Jalaluddin, “is the regulation of conduct as
prescribed by the traditions and the moral and religious law.” “All
this,” answered Shams-i-Tabriz, “is mere skimming the surface.” “But
what then is under the surface?” asked Jalaluddin. “Only complete union
of the knower with the known is knowledge,” answered Shams-i-Tabriz and
quoted the following verse of Hakim Sanai:–

Only when knowledge frees thee from thyself,
Is such knowledge better than ignorance.

These words made a most powerful impression on Jalaluddin, so that he
plied Shams-i-Tabriz with questions and resorted with him to lonely
desert places for uninterrupted converse.

Title: Mystics and Saints of Islam – Author: Claud Field – Gutenberg etext

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“Love Dogs” by Rumi One night a man…

“Love Dogs”

by Rumi

One night a man was crying,
“Allah, Allah!”
His lips grew sweet with the praising,
until a cynic said,
“So! I have heard you
calling out, but have you ever
gotten any response?”
The man had no answer for that.
He quit praying and fell into a confused sleep.
He dreamed he saw Khidr, the guide of souls,
in a thick, green foliage,
“Why did you stop praising?”
“Because I’ve never heard anything back.”
“This longing you express
is the return message.”
The grief you cry out from
draws you toward union.
Your pure sadness that wants help
is the secret cup.
Listen to the moan of a dog for its master.
That whining is the connection.
There are love dogs no one knows the names of.
Give your life to be one of them.