Searching for God

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

I searched for God among the Christians and on the Cross and therein I found Him not.
I went into the ancient temples of idolatry; no trace of Him was there.
I entered the mountain cave of Hira and then went as far as Qandhar but God I found not....
With set purpose I fared to the summit of Mount Caucasus and found there only 'anqa's habitation.
Then I directed my search to the Ka’bah, the resort of old and young; God was not there even.
Turning to philosophy I inquired about him from ibn Sina but found Him not within his range.
I fared then to the scene of the Prophet's experience of a great Divine Manifestation only a 'two bow-lengths' distance from him' but God was not there even in that Exalted Court.
Finally, I looked into my own heart and there I saw Him; He was nowhere else.

Mawlana Jalal ad-Din ar-Rumi (q.s.)


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