Rumis References

The story of Layla and Majnun is a spiritual Romeo and Juliet for Muslims. It was composed in the seventh or eighth century, and it tells the tale of a young man named Qays who falls in love with a girl named Layla. Her father refuses to allow Qays to marry his daughter and thus the stricken lover gradually descends into a kind of madness, even as Layla does, too. Sufis have generally likened the quest of Qays (now called Majnun, or Crazy One) as a metaphor for the imperfect human search for God.

There are many people who have hearts filled with words like this, yet they cannot express them aloud, even though they're lovers in constant search for this. That's not to be unexpected, and it in no way is an impediment to love. As a matter of fact, the most important matter is the heart and an unceasing passion for love. Even as a baby is in love with milk, gaining nourishment and strength thereby, still the baby cannot describe or explain what milk is, or offer this simple utterance, saying, "I feel great from drinking milk, and I feel miserable and malnourished when I'm away from it." In spite of all this, the baby wants that milk with its very heart and soul. On the other hand, a grown adult, who can describe milk and all its qualities a thousand ways, gains no similar pleasure when he drinks it.

Excerpted from Discourse 44

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