1 Love –An Essence of All Religions By Jalaluddin RumiStanza1: Through love thorns becomes roses and Through love vinegar becomes sweet wine, Through love the stake becomes a throne, Through love misfortune becomes good fortune, Through love burning fire becomes pleasing light, Through love stone becomes soft as butter.Reference: These verses have been taken from the poem, “Love –An Essence of AllReligions” written by an eminent Persian poet -Jalaluddin Rumi.Context: In this poem, the poet has drawn our attention to the power and hallmark of love,which is the soul and spirit of all the religions. Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tenderlook, which turns adversities into pleasure, for instance, thorns become roses, vinegar becomessweet wine, burning fire becomes a bright pleasing light, sickness becomes health and a kingbecomes a humble slave. Love is a light, which brightens the dark alley of hate and spreads itswarm tender feelings and hopes. Love is spontaneous and craves expression through joy, throughbeauty, through truth, even through tears…Love is like a moment; which is neither lost inyesteryears nor does it crave for tomorrow. The sole reason of war, hate and suffering in theworld, is religious differences, if all the religions give vent to love, this world can become a saferplace for the future generations. In other words, life is to be fortified by many friendships. Tolove, and to be loved, is the greatest happiness of existence.Explanation: In this stanza or verses the poet Jalaluddin Rumi reflects that love is a greatforce in human life, which brings radical changes. Although, life is the bed of thorns, replete withdread and destruction, yet according to Rumi, it can become a bed of roses with sweet fragranceand warm smiles, if it (life) is mingled with love. Love can change pain into pleasure through itsmiraculous and supernatural effect. It is love, which alters a post to which a person is tired forexecution to throne and inspires him for the execution of his goals/ambitions. Rumi furtherillustrates that love is the force which mould the detestable (hateful) passions into everlastingwarm feeling. Through love a stones-hearted and stubborn (inflexible) becomes gentle, humbleand flexible to compassionate feeling. With sword and hate one cannot bring the whole world to SHAHEEN ACADEMY, G-6-1/3, ISLAMABAD. PH-2279319.
2subjugation/subjection, it is only love, which conquers the undefeatable and paves all the hurdles,as it is well remarked by Martin Luther King: “Hate cannot drive out hate Only love can do that”.Stanza 2. Through love grief becomes a joy, Through love lion becomes harmless Through love sickness become health Through love the wrath seems to be a mercy, Through love the dead rise to life, Through love the king becomes a slave.Explanation: In these verses, Jalaluddin Rumi highlights the soothing and healing powerof love. It consoles the poor grieved people and makes life worth of enjoying. It reforms thecallous man to humble and celebrated citizen. According to Rumi even the ferocious beast i.e lioncan become as harmless and humble. It is love, which helps man to get rid of physical andspiritual sickness. It brings a deprived and dejected man to life. Love derives away all humanworries, as it is well said by Sophocles: One word Frees us all the weight and pain of life; That word is love. Love has also civilizing effect, which can make a proud, cruel and obstinate (unyielding)king as humble as slave. In this poem, the poet Jalaluddin Rumi is of the view that love is a great force in privateand public life. It draws the map of human emotion towards affection and kindness. It is like afeeling that emanates from the heart and extends through the blood to every cell of the body. Hatecan not bring the world to subjection and the best deed of man, according to Hazrat Ali(R.A), isto forgive and forget. Love is greater than illusions and as strong as death. Love is like a lamp,which needs to be fed out of oil of another’s heart; otherwise its flame burns low. ***************************** SHAHEEN ACADEMY, G-6-1/3, ISLAMABAD. PH-2279319.