"Knowledge is Truth."
from 'The Bahir'
"First comes Wisdom, and then comes Understanding, and in Understanding is Counsel, Strength, Knowledge and awe of God."
"God encompasses all things, even space and time, and is not encompassed by them. This is true of Chakhmah [Wisdom], which is the concept of begining - without end - before space and time were created."
"On the level of 'Begining' or Wisdom, all that exists is undifferentiated potential"
" The needs of this world were created before the Heavens"
"It is written, from the East I will bring your seed. "
Mother of All Knowledge used by the kind permission from Chris Reibling http://www.chrisreibling.com
"Soul for the Soul"
Soul for the Soul used by the kind permission of Tony Macleod, http://www.victoriamacleod.co.uk/36-soul-for-the-soul.html
From these depths depart towards heaven;
may your soul be happy, journey joyfully.
You have escaped from the city full of fear and trembling;
happily become a resident of the Abode of Security (1)
If the body’s image has gone, await the image-maker; if the
body is utterly ruined, become all soul.
If your face has become saffron pale through death, become a
dweller among tulip beds and Judas trees.
If the doors of repose have been barred to you, come, depart
by way of the roof and the ladder.
If you are alone from Friends and companions, by the help of
God become a saheb-qeran (2) [lord of happy circumstance].
If you have been secluded from water and bread, like bread
become the food of the souls, and so become!
"Mystical Poems of Rumi 2" A. J. Arberry
The University of Chicago Press, 1991
(1)The Abode of Security seems to be an allusion to heaven which is sometimes called "the abode of peace" (dar-al salam) by Rumi as against "the abode of pride" (dar-al gorur) i.e., the world..