All Saints are One : Story from Maulana Rumi’s Masnavi

If ten lamps are present in one place, each differs in form from another

Indeed, it is impossible to distinguish the light of each, when you turn your face towards their Light.

If you count a hundred apples or a hundred quinces, they do not remain a hundred when you crush them together.

In spiritual matters there is no division and there are no numbers; in spiritual matters there is no separation and no individuals.

 

The Sun, which is the soul, became separated (into rays) in the windows, which are bodies.

When you gaze at the Sun, it is itself one, but he who is veiled by his perception of the bodies is in some doubt.

Separation (plurality) is in the animal spirit; the human spirit is One essence.

Since God sprinkled His light upon them (humanity), they are essentially One: in reality His light never becomes separated.

 

mevlana rumi portrait

Mevlana Rumi Portrait

 

Sweet is the oneness of the Friend with His friends: catch and cling to the foot of Spirit. Form is headstrong

Sweet is the oneness of the Friend with His friends: catch and cling to the foot of Spirit. Form is headstrong

Every Prophet and every Saint has his own way of religious doctrine and practice, but it leads to God: all the ways are really one.

The Faithful are numerous, but the Faith is one: their bodies are numerous, but their soul is one.

 

The carnal [animal] soul does not possess oneness: do not seek this oneness from the airy (vital) spirit.

If this one eats bread, that one is not filled; and if this one bears a load, that one does not become burdened;

No, but this one rejoices at the death of that one, and dies of envy when he sees that one’s prosperity.

The souls of wolves and dogs are separate, every one, the souls of the Lions of God are united.

 

I have spoken of their souls in the plural, for that single soul is a hundred in relation to the body,

Just as the single light of the sun in heaven is a hundred in relation to the house courts on which it shines,

But when you remove the wall, all the lights falling on them are one.

When the bodily houses remain without foundation, the Faithful remain one soul.

 

 

 

Transliteration based on English translation by our dear brother Wazir Dayers, with permission and compliments.

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