October 23, 2008
This world is a treasure, and it is a serpent. Some people play with the treasure, some
with the serpent. Those who play with the serpent must give their hearts over to being
bitten by it. It bites the tail, and the head. If it bites the tail and you don’t wake up, it will
bite the head.
Those who turn away from the serpent and have not been deluded by its jewels and
kindness put the shaykh that is intellect in front—because the shaykh of intellect is the
emerald [that blinds] the serpent’s gaze. When the dragon-like serpent sees that the
shaykh of intellect is the leader of the caravan, it becomes low, lowly, and frail. In that
water it used to be like a shark, but under the foot of intellect it becomes a bridge. Its
poison becomes sugar, its thorns roses. It used to be a highwayman, but it becomes the
escort. It used to be the stuff of fear, but it becomes the stuff of security. (313)
Intellect takes you to the threshold, but it doesn’t take you into the house. There intellect
is a veil, the heart a veil, the secret heart a veil. (180)
Intellect is a master archer. It can pull the bowstring to the ear. However, the this-worldly
intellect is laid low by nature. It can pull the string, but not to the ear. With a thousand
tricks it makes it reach the mouth. If you let go of the bowstring from the mouth, what
work can it do? Only if you let it go from the ear will it make a wound.
So, words that come from the mouth are nothing—only if they come from action and
practice. I am the least of the least and the lowest of the low. God knows my soul better
than I, and I know my soul better than you.
The words of the this-worldly intellect come from the mouth. The words of the thatworldly
intellect are an arrow shot from the depth of the soul. Therefore, If only a Koran,
whereby the mountains were set in motion, or the earth were cleft [13:31].
Words that don’t spring up from thought
aren’t suited for speaking or writing.
One should look both before and behind so that love for this world does not become a
barrier, for your love for a thing makes you blind and deaf. When love for this world
dominates over love of religion, it makes you blind and deaf. The result is We have put
before them a barrier, and behind them a barrier [36:9]. It may be that they will repent
and wakefulness will arrive. Then that love will decrease, and the barrier will become
thinner. For the most part, this is achieved through companionship with good
companions. Good companions last with someone who is sweet-tempered and longsuffering.
~ Me & Rumi.