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Tuesday, 9 March 2010

True Mentors

Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-73) wrote about true mentors:

When you see two of them meet together as friends, they are one, and at the same time six hundred thousand. Their numbers are in the likeness of waves: the wind will have brought them into number. The Sun, which is the spirits, became separated in the windows, which are bodies. When you gaze on the Sun’s disk, it is itself one, but the one who is screened by the bodies is in some doubt. Separation is in the animal spirit, the human spirit is one essence.

Can we say this about Nezami Ganjavi and William Shakespeare, and perhaps also about Rumi, Goethe and Iqbal?

3 comments:

Connie L. Nash said...

What an amazing consideration worth much more reflection and openness to same in our time! And perhaps one key to peace in our world as well as comprehension of the capacity of the ONE God: Allah!

Thinking said...

hmm...we can unite them only if we gave them the same preference....or recognition...

How can I put Nezami Ganjavi (1141-1209) and William Shakespear (1564-1616) together when they have so much differences not even with their times also of their religion, race or originality???

I think its possible only, if I read both of them with same enthusiasm and try to make relation between their writings.

Still I have the sense to analyse the sameness of their writings with differences as well.

hmm....Yes....I think if one day I can do that I would try to put them all in one place....hmmm

Connie L. Nash said...

How interesting and enjoyable if others here would want to continue this topic of True Mentors past and present in some way?