Thursday, September 06, 2007

I tried to find Him

I tried to find Him on the Christian cross,
but He was not there;

I went to the temple of the Hindus and to the old pagodas,
but I could not find a trace of Him anywhere.

I searched on the mountains and in the valleys,
but neither in the heights nor in the depths was I able to find Him.

I went to the Kaaba in Mecca, but He was not there either.

I questioned the scholars and philosophers,
but He was beyond their understanding.

I then looked into my heart,
and it was there where He dwelled that I saw Him;
He was nowhere else to be found.

-Jalaluddin Rumi, poet and mystic (1207-1273)