|A Thorn in Heart
|The Prince and The Slave Girl
|Mathnavi Maulvi Ma'nvi
|We are living in a material society
and Rumi says:
Within the spirit, imagined forms are
as nothing --
(yet) witness an (entire) world going
on (based) upon something
(meaning inner soul dreaming and
----(People act and react according to
their own fantasy, thus create a will
parallel to Divine Will.)
(Witness how) their peace and their
war (is based) upon something
and (how) their pride and their
shame (derives) from something
was such a deep and sincere one, thus answered well by Allah and in
answer there to a physician was sent from heaven. He was the
master…spiritual healer…he disregarded the royal physicians view,
and employed his own method of investigation into heart…a very
skillful diagnosis was reached. He had discovered that the real
cause of the maiden's illness was her love for a certain goldsmith of
Samarcand. Who had bought her, kept her along for six months and
then resold her. She was in love with his physical smartness, could
not part with him, and was unable to bear his deceit and exploitation
of her. Unable to reject and denounce her beloved (goldsmith), she
was rejecting sincere love of prince.
The physician asked prince to fetch goldsmith from Samarcand and
hand over the slave girl to him. The prince, who has surrendered his
soul to love, surrendered to Divine Will, and did as the holy
physician commanded him to. The girl reunited and married with the
goldsmith restored her health and happiness.
There is no compulsion in Love. See Divine Love
A thorn in a foot is firmly stuck
Gently under lap he has it duck
Gently pricks the needle to find it
Unable to locate, with lips moist it (1)
So hard looking for a thorn in a foot went
Wonder! What beseeching a heart meant.
If everybody a thorn in heart may explore,
Who would control over grief then implore? (2)
Somebody under the tail of a donkey a thorn pumps,
Not knowing how to pull it off (donkey) helplessly jumps.
To relieve twinge and ache (donkey) kicks in vain,
Causing hundred sores to itself is but his gain.
Kicking, in no way can relieve it of thorn,
An expert is needed to locate the mourn
A spiritual healer, the master of Art
Examines carefully the body and the heart
|(1) A person carefully nurtures
wounds…he/she may kiss his/her own
foot with lips, would do the
attitude and behavior. It is to nurture
pain and not in attempt to soothe it.
(2) It is the thorn, which gives reason
to be grieved and in pain…and if it
would have been pulled out…there
would have been no reason for lament.
A man looks for simulated physical
reasons for pain in his soul. Here
becomes obvious the ego defense
mechanisms of Denial and
Ignorant in a sense that it is not well groomed to deal with realities of life, to
bear the loss (compromise with what is not there, or what could not BE) and to
thank the blessings of Allah the Almighty (what is there to enjoy or what
could BE). It has an underdeveloped reason or cognitive consciousness to
identify the true reason…the cause of pain, and weak spirit to fight the effect.
Such a soul is ignorant to ‘other’ realities. Its only realization is pain and its
consciousness is blinded to everything else, especially reason. It is wounded
and would give nothing but wound. In such a condition it is vital to look for the
cause of ailment, just dealing with symptoms would not heal the pain…. Marz
barhta gaya joon joon dawa ki
being….Madoom…It could be and it could not be. So it’s important to regard this
world vague like ‘khayal’ or ‘Madoom’…anything can BE, and still can’t BE. A mature
soul accepts Divine Will and surrenders to it. Seeds can be sown, nurtured and cared
for, still the farmer may not enjoy the luck of reaping a harvest.
A doctor or any medical man who is following the medical model cannot heal such a
person, because he is in attempt of healing body, whereas the sick is the soul…the
heart…the psyche. Disappointed by all worldly efforts prince sought refuge in prayer.
See Spiritual Reverence
and happiness for six months. At the end of that period the
physician, by divine command, gave the goldsmith a poisonous
draught, which caused his strength and beauty to decay, and he
then lost fervor and then ofcourse favor with the maid. The girl
was in love with goldsmith's physical beauty and prine's sincerity
she could not reckons. Such a love is short lived.
However, people may consider 'poisoning' as revenge and an
unfair act. Rumi reminds us that divine commands and acts taken
by Walis and saints are not to be doubted. One should look at the
consequences that it bears.
Goldsmith passed away and she was reunited to the prince.
|Do not doubt the noble intention
He’d shed blood not for lust
Pure was his heart, not a speckle of dust
Life dared and time churned to lift
That furnace may free silver of its filth
Let not your suspicion ruin the deed
“Verily! Some doubts are sins”. Read!
Commend the cursed cruel, make the
Bearing the toll doubts the noble hearts
command to Abraham to slay his son Ishmael, and to the act of the
angel in slaying the servant of Moses (Qur’an, 18:73) and is
therefore beyond human criticism..
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story of a prince who
fell in love with a slave