"The past is an interpretation. The future is on illusion. The world does not move through time as if it were a straight line, proceeding from the past to the future. Instead, time moves through and within us, in endless spirals. Eternity does not mean infinite time, but simply timelessness. If you want to experience eternal illumination, put the past and the future out of your mind and remain within the present moment." - Shams Tabrizi
Diwan-i Shams-i Tabrīzī.
Born: 1185, Tabriz, Iran
Died: 1248, Khoy, Iran
Shams was Rumi's spiritual teacher.
One of the greatest spiritual connections in history started unusually. Legend has it that one day, while Rumi was reading near a pool, Shams, who was passing by, stopped and asked him: “What are you doing?”, a simple question that mystics usually use to trigger a debate.
Rumi’s reply was shocking: “Something you cannot understand”.
Suddenly, Shams approached him and threw all of his books into the pool. Rumi, extremely irritated, took the books out of the water and to his great surprise, they were all dry. He couldn’t help but ask: “What is this?”, a question that Shams expected.
“Something you cannot understand”, he said.
Peace be still.
Art - Las almas en el Aqueronte (detalle) (Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl, 1898