Subject: : My Discovery of Rumi
Thank you for the ice-breaking message. Yes, your name has been often quoted by Sidi Redhuan Onn a.k.a the Red1.
My introduction to Maulana Rumi was via fragments/selections of his poems by the orientalists. At times I found them quite disjointed and found myself outside the light. The websites are much more helpful and I am more in a serious phase then. Your entry will help me to capture the real Rumi :
Can you suggest a biographical essay on Rumi that captures 'the time' of the Maulana in the expansion of the Islamic Ad Deen/Civilization and that piece touches you and captures your own imagination on the 'question/s of the day' .
I am afraid that you have 'to give' rather than 'to receive' from me and thanking in advance for that generousity. Salam
Abdad/REDEEM/22.6.05 Subject: Rumi
In the past, we read a fragment about your love and comment on Maulana Rumi teachings. Please tell us more on your active pursuant of this subject ie. books read, experiences and related friends. Some fuqara of are direct inheritor of Rumi wisdom thru the Mevlvi tariq and also thru the idhin-transmission by Sheikh Sulaiman Dede of Konya. Now his son is spreading in America and Canada, building a western Tekke near the Rocky Mountains.
We like to see a flowering of this knowledge among the fortunate Malaysian seekers thru proper channels. Without the Teacher, a few day journey will
take hundred years.
Or we can enjoy the Mathnawi like the westerners-song,music. dance and amazing stories but missed the real Goal.
Sorry to go this far without introducing myself.
Sidi ridhuan Oon had mentioned our early travels where we found the people connected to our Teacher.
May be Dr.Hakimi can relate the personal matters about the Chinese fuqara he knows.
Hope hearing from you soon.
Peace . Cai jian.
Quotation From Rumi Mathnawi
You are your own bird, your own prey
And your own trap. You are your own seat of honor,
you are your own floor and your own ruin.
In other words, you can reach your depth
and your heights, nobody else’s.
You have got the whole thing.
Rumi make remark about the Way
from the Prophetic saying :
‘I am like the Ark in the flood of time.
I and my Companions are like the Ark of Noah, whoever is connected to us gains benefit’.
Then he comments- ‘when you find yourself
with the shaykh, you are distanced from evil.
Day and night you are a traveler on a boat. You are under protection of a spirit who confers life. You are sleeping in the boat but you continue on your way. Even if you a lion( strong/brave) ,
you are in vain and in error
when you take the path
without a guide’.
‘we kiss the hand that take us to knowledge,
not kiss the hand who comes to put us down’
‘ if anyone risks the way , the tariqa without a guide,
a voyage of two days lasts a hundred years’
‘the purpose of existence is to have
people of knowledge’
Spend in the way of Allah , means first to act
and gain , then to spend .
It hurl the murid into the world, not retreat.
He also said :
‘islam is war and terror. It means jihad and
over coming the enemy-inward and outwardly.’
If you do not bow down to Allah, you will bow down to something else. The opposite do not meet.
And that one will destroy the Din.
Truth is like laylatul qadar, hidden among the nights
in order that the spirit can put each night to the test.
So all the time in life you are testing for truth.
Another Reply On Maulana Rumi :
Dear Dr. Abdad, We are working hard to give a flying response on Rumi. Many eyes are looking on the lovers whispers. May be next time we correspond thru personal email, not the open yahoogroup. Here is the first mini Mathnawi :
‘O seeker, get out (from your house/univ) and travel !
(like those tasted the recent Bandung amirate gathering
with Rais Abu Bakar Rieger, Dr.Asadulah Yates who
translated the Secret garden of Shabistari/had studied in Qum, Amir Ahmad Atjie …
And countless other souls who one time had not
drunk from the Tea of Experience. Now they can tell us!
The Diwan of Bughyatul Sairinas-Salikin wa Tuhfatul Muridinal Arifin is our current Mathnawi now.
The fuqara can do dhikr, sitting, standing or dance hadra)
Shut your books (how many books on Rumi you read?)
open your inner sight
cleanse your body from reputations
(this is very hard indeed)
walk slowly, follow the sun light (shamsi tabriz)
money in your your pocket is useless
spend it for the future
In a remote corner of kuala lumpur
we sang the Qasida Lakal Hamdu and Fana FiLlah
We know you are coming.
Come, come whoever you are
You have not yet recognize the Teacher !
O faqir, your name had reached our ears
Tabaraka Allah. As Sidi Zilhilmy said when
coming back from Bandung : no words
can describe our encounters ! Just to
make expensive for outsiders !
Cai jian. The Tiger is out there.’