Translator’s Afterword

from The Rubais of Rumi Insane with Love Translator’s Afterword

If death didn’t come to Humans, we would be reasonably happy following the voice of reason as the most trustworthy guide in our lives. But death comes, sooner or later, without exception, making everything else obsolete.

The silence after an obituary defies all consolations of faith and makes any explanations based on reason futile. Reincarnation, hell, and heaven are our bad habits of applying the theory of cause and effect to both the origin of life and to that, which lies beyond our life. Even reason knows that we have no right to think this way. We would only know about life if we could die and come back again: “A fish will know water if it could know air,” says Mevlana (the name Rumi is more commonly known by in the lands where he lived his life).

” You ride your horse to the edge of the water

You need something lighter to go beyond.”



Reason cannot comprehend nothingness. Annihilation of self, for Mevlana, is the only way toward Itlak,

or absolute liberation. The rest is all fiction and literature.

“You’ll never get my fragrance unless you die first.”


“Death is going to beat everyone, why not beat Death before your death?”


Shushud (A modern Sufi Teacher)

Mevlana brings immortality to our backyard.



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