Rumi and Emerson believed all religions are the same in front of God, and people of all faith sing the same song.
“I pray in the mosque,
I pray in the church,
I pray in the synagogue.
And I pray to one God.”
Rumi was a devoted Muslim and followed are principles of religion, as did his father and grandfather. But after he met Shamis, he let go of all dogma and creed and felt that we could connect to God through our heart and Love. He said, “Only you can touch the sky from your heart.”
He felt that all religions are the same and the difference all exist in our minds. If we open our hearts and connect with our hearts, we do not see or feel any different than the person sitting next to us. We see differences because we look with our eyes. If we look from our hearts, we only see Love in each other.
I am neither Christian, nor Jewish, nor Muslim
I am not of the East, nor of the West…
I have put duality away; I have seen the two worlds as one;
One I seek, One I know, One I call.
Ralph Waldo Emerson studied Christian theology at the Harvard Divinity School.
Emerson shared the same view of religion, believing that all religions are the same and traveling the same journey.
Both Rumi’s and Emerson’s embrace of religious tolerance is a valuable example in a world that is divided along religious lines. Instead of fearing one another, we can embrace, as Rumi and Emerson had done.
In addition to being open to all religions, Rumi and Emerson were also firm believers in the power of Love. Rumi’s poetry is all about divine Love.
James Cowan, a renowned author, stated that Rumi possessed such an overwhelming vision of Love that he could not confine himself to any one spiritual discipline for his inspiration.”
I profess the religion of Love,
Love is my religion and my faith.
My mother is Love
My father is Love
My prophet is Love
My God is Love
I am a child of Love
I have come only to speak of Love.
Much of wars, killing, and miserly happened throughout history due to misunderstandings between many different faiths. If they could see other people and religions as Rumi and Emerson did, We would have lived in a society filled with Love, compassion, and humanity, not hatred, discrimination, and wars.