I tried to find him on the Christian cross, but He

was not there; I went to the Temple of the

Hindus and to the old pagodas, but I could not

find a trace of Him anywhere.


I searched on the mountains and in the valleys

but neither in the heights nor in the depths was I

able to find Him. I went to the Ka'bah in Mecca,

but He was not there either.


I questioned the scholars and the philosophers but

He was beyond their understanding.


I then looked into my heart and it was there

where He dwelled that I saw Him; He was

nowhere else to be found.


Mawlana Jalauddin Muhammad al-Balkhi al-Rumi

written about 1250