joy at sudden disappointment

Someone once asked a great sheikh
what sufism was.
“The feeling of joy
when sudden disappointment comes.”

– Rumi

2 Responses to “joy at sudden disappointment”

  1.   Andrew
    May 18th, 2007 | 7:40 pm


    Rumi oughtta be compulsory for anyone who says Islam has produced no great literature, or that Islam is a religion of war (etc)

    Ok, I know sufism stands at a remove from conventional forms of Islam, but you get the gist…

  2.   Administrator
    May 19th, 2007 | 1:22 pm

    Rumi is pretty amazing. The Coleman Barks translations, in particular, are exceptional.

    I am particularly attracted to Sufi thought. It is somehow refreshing to read very brief stories written a thousand years ago which demonstrate with alarming acuity and great humour exactly how one is kidding oneself right now.