Photo: Uzbek women in Surkhandarya, Uzbekistan; 1800s.
Love and tenderness are qualities of humanity,
Passion and lust are qualities of animality.
Woman is a ray of God, not a mere mistress,
The Creator’s self, as it were, not a mere creature!
'The Mathnawi of Jalaludin Rumi - Book 1: Vol. 1 - The spiritual couplets of Jalaludin Rumi'
by Jalálu'dín Rúmí (Author), Michael Bielas (Editor)
A corrected text of the mystical couplets of Jalalu'din Rumi, offered in the present day English of America. Based on the original, magnificent translation completed in 1925 by Reynold Nicholson. This version of the Mathnawi of Rumi is a complete and accurate rendition into current English usage providing the reader with a spiritual description of life on this apparently limited earth-plane, containing insights which provide the possibility of opening the door to understanding the full glory of human potential.