Increase the Thirst

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Mawlana Jalal ad-Din ar-Rumi (q.s.) wrote, in his Matsnawi:

“It was Mary’s painful need that made the infant Jesus,
Begin to speak from the cradle.
Whatever grew has grown for the sake of those in need,
So, that a seeker might find the thing he sought.
If God Most High has Created the Heavens,
He has Created them for the purpose of satisfying needs.
Wherever a pain is, that is where the cure goes;
Wherever poverty is, that's where provision goes.
Wherever a difficult question is,
That is where the answer goes;
Wherever a ship is, water goes to it.
Do not seek the water; increase your thirst,
So water may gush forth from above and below.
Until the tender-throated babe is born,
How should the milk for it
Flow from the mother's breast?”


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