Photo: Women in a cemetery, Turkey; 1860.
Do not think of the water failing; for this water is without end.
(Dîvâni Shamsi Tabrîz, XII)
He is from eternity to eternity, and to him nothing may be added,
Nor can he be diminished, and he hath no need of any counsellor.
(Ecclesiasticus, XIII. 21–22)
These participations neither augment nor diminish him, for they are communicated by him, not detached from him.
(Chuang-tse, Ch. II)
As milk is spontaneously changed into curds and water into ice, so Brahma modifies Itself in diverse ways, without the aid of instruments or external means of any kind whatever. Thus the spider spins its web out of its own substance, subtle beings take diverse forms, and the lotus grows from marsh to marsh without organs of locomotion.
(Brahma-Sûtra, II. i)
In use it can never be exhausted.
(Tao Te Ching, VI)
'Rumi's Sun: The Teachings of Shams of Tabriz'
By Shams of Tabriz (Author), Refik Algan (Translator), Camille Adams Helminski (Translator)
Rumi's Sun collects many lessons and discourses from Shams of Tabriz, the Sufi mystic and spiritual master who was the catalyst for Rumi's awakening. Rumi's son wrote, "After meeting Shams, my father danced all day and sang all night. He had been a scholar he became a poet. He had been an ascetic he became drunk with Love." Shams of Tabriz was indeed Rumi's "Sun," the one who set him alight with Divine Love. With the opening of that friendship, a new paradigm appeared and Love flowed out into this world in such abundance that even after almost 800 years the ripples are still widening to encompass the whole of this world . . .