Rumi and the Trinity of God, love and man


In this article the author aims to bring us closer to the mystic architecture of man, love, and God by taking us on an exegetical journey of a few selected poems of Rumi. In this trinity love is the catalyst that joins man and God. The process by which love achieves this task is perhaps the profoundest idea in mystical imagination. God, though transcendent, is accessible to man by way of an essential unity primordially contemplated by God which now is man’s to rediscover. God loves Himself, praises himself, and manifests Himself by love. To know God, man must lose himself unto himself so as to become one with the Truth. The process requires renouncing all-- the world, the afterworld, the renouncing itself. How does one learn to knock on “poverty’s door” with no Khizr to lead him?

   Rumi engages these questions in his poetry, especially in the Mathnavi and Divan-e Shams— one didactic and instructional; the other, love-bound and inspirational. Which one takes the seeker to his fulfillment? Which one tells us better what it means to lose one’s self but not oneself? How does one dissolve the need for need, not fighting but transcending need? How does one escape the pitfall that is always in the path of him who knows not how to be rich in poor, majestic in lowliness? How does one begin this ecstatic and unfathomable journey to self and God through love—self realization through self-surrender, without falling into the abyss of alienation?


عبدالکریم سروش
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