Friday, March 22, 2013

[Sunlight] The world of No-place -- From Rumi's Fihi ma fih


The "Fihi ma fih" (literally, "What's in it is in it"), also known as "The Discourses of Rumi", provides a record of seventy-one talks and lectures given by Rumi on various occasions, some of them formal, and some of them rather informal. The sources are thought to have been notes made by various disciples, most likely compiled after his death. As such, Rumi did not "author" the work and probably did not intend that it be widely distributed.
The title signifies a miscellany of disparate sources, topics, occasions, and so forth.

-- Adapted for Sunlight, from "Rumi, Past and Present,
East and West"
Franklin Lewis
Oneworld, Oxford, 2000)


I wonder at these people who say, "How can the saints and
the lovers love that ineffable world, since it has no place or form
and is beyond description? How can they derive replenishment and aid
from it and be affected by it?" After all, they themselves are
occupied with the same thing night and day. Take this person who
loves another person and derives replenishment from her: After all,
this replenishment, kindness, goodness, knowledge, recollection,
thought, joy, heartache -- he derives all these things, and all dwell
in the world of No-place. Moment by moment he receives
replenishment from these meanings and is affected by them, but this
does not cause him any wonder. Yet he wonders how some people are in
love with the world of No-place and draw replenishment from it.

-- Fihi ma fih (The Discourses of Rumi) 38-39/50
Translation by Professor William Chittick
"The Sufi Path of Love"
SUNY Press, 1985




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