By: Jalaluddin Rumi *
I tried to find Him on the Christian cross, but He
was not there; I went to 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
but He was not there either.
I questioned the
scholars and philosophers but
He was beyond their understanding.
I then looked into
my heart and it was there
where He dwelled that I saw Him; He was
nowhere else to be found.
* * *
those of other Islamic poets, Rumi’s works perhaps
rank as the mostly-read by Muslims and Non-muslims
all around the world. Especially in the West, he gains fame. Rumi lived in the medieval world. He was born in