He saw the lightning in the east and longed for the east,
but if it had flashed in the west he would have longed for the west.
My desire is for the lightning and its gleam, not for the places and the earth.
The east wind related to me from them a tradition handed down successively,
from distracted thoughts,
from my passion,
from my tribulation,
from my reason,
from my eyelid,
from my heart,
That "He whom you love is between your ribs; the breaths toss him from side to side."
I said to the east wind, "Bring a message to him and say that he is the enkindler of the fire within my heart
If it shall be quenched, then everlasting union, and if it shall burn, then no blame to the lover!"
'Ringstones of Wisdom (Fusus al-hikam)'
by Ibn Al'Arabi (Author), Caner K. Dagli (Translator)
The Ringstones of Wisdom is one of the most influential and controversial books of Islamic civilization. This relatively brief but far-reaching text covers topics such as creation. prayer, the relationship with God with the world, and the interpretation of dreams.
Caner K. Dagli is a doctoral candidate in Princeton University's Department of Near Eastern Studies. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.A. from George Washington University. His scholarly interests include Sufism, Islamic philosophy in the West, religion and science, and the writings of the seventeenth century Persian philosopher Mulla Sadra, fields in which he has published articles.