Rumi on science and madness

Mawlana_rumi.jpgAn untitled poem on transformation, science and insanity by the 13th century Persian poet Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi:

I have lived on the lip
of insanity, wanting to know reasons,
knocking on a door. It opens.
I’ve been knocking on the inside!

Real value comes with madness
matzub below, scientist above.

Whoever finds love
beneath hurt and grief

disappears into emptiness
with a thousand new disguises.

Apparently, matzub is the name for people who become ecstatic with holy enlightenment. From Rumi: Selected Poems (p281, ISBN 0140449531).

Link to wikipedia article on Rumi.

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