Happy Sunday, and Valentine’s day, to you guys! Today I thought that I should share one of my favourite quotes with you all, even though I have posted it on here before (nothing wrong with recycling content! haha).
For those of you who are not familiar with Jelaluddin Rumi, he was a famous Sufi mystic, poet, Islamic scholar – the list does go on; in Middle Eastern and South Asian traditions being a religious scholar, poet, theologian, etc. were pretty much interchangeable, they were never seen as being separate disciplines hence why you will see a long list of categories for him. Although Rumi was Persian, his work had influenced many different cultures across the world and still continues to inspire and fascinate his readers. I had always known of Rumi for his contributions to Sufism and the idea of finding pure, unconditional love being equivalent to finding God.
“Out beyond ideas
of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field,
I’ll meet you there.” – Rumi
This quote for me embodies the whole idea of love being pure and helping one to move on from the relative ideas of what is ‘wrong’ or ‘right’. Ideas of morality varies across different cultures and periods of time yet the idea of unconditional love is free from these bounds in a completely separate area altogether. Whether you believe in a Supreme Being or not, it is impossible to overlook how much of a profound effect that the idea of unconditional love has over our lives. Unconditional love for others is not necessarily a romantic or spiritual endeavour, it can be found through your family, friends, pets etc. (So this is kind of relevant for today)
What was your interpretation of this Rumi quote? Do you agree or disagree with my perspective?