The Only Teaching.
For lovers, the only teaching is the beauty of the Beloved:
their only book and lecture is the Face.
Outwardly they are silent,
but their penetrating remembrance rises
to the high throne of their Friend.
Their only lesson is enthusiasm, whirling, and trembling,
not the minor details of law.
Rumi, Mathnawi III, 3847-3819, translated by Kabir and Camille Helminski, quoted in: “The Rumi Collection,” Shambhala, Boston & London, 2000, p. 32.
Know, son, that everything in the universe
is a pitcher brimming with wisdom and beauty.
The universe is a drop of the Tigris of His Beauty,
this Beauty not contained by any skin.
His Beauty was a Hidden Treasure so full
it burst open and made the earth
more radiant than the heavens.
Rumi, Mathnawi I, 2860-2862, quoted in: Helminski, Kabir (2000). The Rumi Collection. P.61.
That which God said to the rose,
and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty,
He said to my heart,
and made it a hundred times more beautiful.
Rumi, Mathnawi III, 4129, quoted in: Helminski, Kabir (2000). The Rumi Collection. P.86.
The radiance of divine beauty is wholly inexpressible: words cannot describe it, nor the ear grasp it. To compare the true light to the rays of the morning star or the brightness of the moon or the light of the sun is to fail totally to do justice to its glory and is as inadequate as comparing a pitch-back moonless night to the clearest of noons. Abba Philimon (VI-VII Century C.E.), quoted in: (1981). The Philokalia. Vol. II., P.356.