An Excerpt From Reshad Feild’s The Invisible Way
The dun-colored plains of Anatolia were broken only by the sky and the hills to the north. I could just make out the city of Konya from the air. Known in biblical times as the ancient Iconium, Konya had been a center of trade and learning for nearly a millenium. It was also the home of Mevlana Jalālu’ddin Rumi, who was one of the greatest Sufi poets and mystics who ever lived. He is often called the Pole of Love since his knowledge of Universal Love, like the philosophers touchstone, brought the possibllity for the knowledge of completion beyond form. It was and is all embracing to anyone and to any religious background. Thus, Mevlana Jalālu’ddin Rumi was held in equal esteem by those from many diverse spiritual and philosophical traditions during his lifetime over 700 years ago, and I speculated that, since this is a time for the understanding of the unity of religious ideals, perhaps Konya would become a place of pilgrimage for all those seeking to understand the basic truth underlying all religions and all human aspiration.