“The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along.”
Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi, or Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, was born 30 September 1207 in Wakhsh, part of the province of Balkh, in what is now Tajikistan.
Rumi was a giant of Persian literature, a poet and a mystic. In his writings he explored how the human Ego seeks to reconcile with the Divine from which it sprang forth. It is through love, he said – through love.
“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – even if I have said it – unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Siddharta Gautama Buddha
He who was Shakyamuni was born in what is now known as Nepal, around 563 BCE. He spent the early part of his life as a prince, but later renounced his life of power and wealth to seek spiritual enlightenment through the practice of extreme austerities; when he almost died from starvation, he meditated, and realized that the proper path was through the Middle Way – moderation.