Saturday, September 28, 2013

He Was Not There

(I came across this beautiful piece online, but I have no idea whether or not it's an actual Rumi writing. The Internet is full of bogus attributions. It sounds like Rumi, though. If you have a citation that suggests it isn't Rumi, please let me know.)

"I tried to find Him on the Christian cross, but He was not there;
I went to the temple of the Hindus and to the old pagodas,
but I could not find a trace of Him anywhere…
I searched on the mountains and in the valleys
but neither in the ... heights nor in the depths was I able to find Him.
I went to the Ka’bah in Mecca, but He was not there either…
I questioned the scholars and philosophers, but He was beyond their understanding…
Then I looked into my heart and it was there
where He dwelled that I saw Him,
He was nowhere else to be found." - Rumi