By: ‘Hazarat Rumi’
A certain man had a very jealous wife and a very, very appealing maidservant.
The wife was careful not to leave them alone, ever. For six years they were never left in a room together.
But then one day at the public bath the wife suddenly remembered that she'd left her silver washbasin at home.
"Please go get the basin," she told her maid.
The girl jumped at the task, because she knew that she would finally get to be alone with the master.
She ran joyfully.
She flew, and desire took them both so quickly that they didn't even latch the door.
With great speed they joined each other. When bodies blend in copulation, spirits also merge.
Meanwhile, the wife back at the bathhouse, washing her hair, "What have I done! I've set cotton wool on fire! I've put the ram in with the ewe!"
She washed the clay soap off her hair and ran, fixing her chador (shawl) about her as she went.
The maid ran for love.
The wife ran out of fear and jealousy.
There is a great difference.
The mystic flies moment to moment. The fearful ascetic drags along month to month.
But also, the length of a 'day' to a lover may be fifty thousand years!
You can't understand this with your mind. You must burst open!
Fear is nothing to a lover, a tiny piece of thread.
Love is a quality of God.
Fear is an attribute of those who think they serve God, but who are actually preoccupied with ...worldly desires.
You have read in the text where 'They love him' blends with 'He loves them'.
Those joining loves are both qualities of God.
Fear is not.
What characteristics do God and human beings have in common?
What is the connection between what lives in time and what lives in eternity?
If I kept talking about love, a hundred new combining would happen, and still I would not say the mystery.
The fearful ascetic runs on foot, along the surface.
Lovers move like lightning and wind.
Theologians mumble, rumble-dumble - destiny and free will, while lovers pull themselves into each other.
‘Hazarat Maulana Rumi’