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The Masnavi

A tiny ant sees a pen moving on paper and tries to tell the mystery to another ant.

“It was wonderful how that pen point made pictures of basil leaves and beds of roses and lilies.”

Another ant suggests,

“The real artist, though, is the finger. The pen is only an instrument.”

A third ant,

“But consider. There’s an arm above whose
strength controls the fingers. . . .”

The argument goes on, up and up, until the chief ant says,

”Do not regard any accomplishment as proceeding from material form, all living shapes become unconscious in sleep and death. Form is just the clothes of spirit.”

But even the wise ant neglects to say what flows inside that.

He never mentions God, without whom
all intelligence and love and spirit are inert.

Rumi

Book IV, THE SOUL OF RUMI

 

 


 

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