Professor Annemarie Schimmel: Rumi and the Symbols used by him

The Institute of Ismaili Studies - Rumi and the Symbols used by himGerman philosopher and theologist, Rudolph Otto draws an allusion between God and a mighty mountain, the summit of which is invisible in eternal darkness. According to him, a very small part of this mountain is visible, and this appears as a promontory of good hope. We see this minute promontory, through the haze and the smoke of this world and consider it as the final.

Whenever we observe a Providential manifestation, we endeavour to commit it to memory by words or allegories. However, every word we find or every symbol we use to commit the manifestation is in one sense untrue.

Therefore, and in accordance with all religions, the proper description of the Divine Secret is silence. It is not possible to describe the secret of the Divine Being which is entirely different from all creation. The human being who discovers this secret and the final truth must not reveal it. As Jalaluddin Rumi asserted and reasserted, it is impossible to get near the sun.

via The Institute of Ismaili Studies – Rumi and the Symbols used by him.

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