Look for the District of Joy


Sultan Valad, our Master’s son, recounted: One day I said to my father, “The friends claim that when they do not see you it causes them pain and their inner joy disappears.”

My father replied, “Whoever does not feel joyful in my absence does not really know me; the one who really knows me feel happy even without me; he will be suffused with me, with the thought of me, with my thought.” He added, “Every time, my son, that you find yourself in a state of mystic sweetness know that this state is me in you.”Sultan Valad added,

This is why my father used to say,

“When you look for me, look in the district of joy:
We are the inhabitants of the world of joy.”

From the teachings of Rumi
By Andrew Harvey

©2017 Parus


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