If you have been following this blog for very long, you know that I am a huge fan of the 13th century mystic, Rumi. His poetry fills me like cool water on a hot day.
It was in Rumi's poetry that I found the Twin Soul concept spelled out in beautiful language. For example:
"More and more awake, getting up at night,
spinning and falling with love for Shams."
"When union happens, my speech goes inward,
toward Shams. At that meeting
the secrets of language are no longer secret."
"Why should I seek? I am the same as
He. His essence speaks through me.
I have been looking for myself!"
But I've long been curious as to why, after finding his Twin Soul in Shams of Tabriz, Rumi later talks about two other companions in similar language. After the death of Shams, he found a new companion in the goldsmith Salah, and after Salah's death, his companion became Husam, who was his student and scribe. Here is a poem fragment about Husam:
"Husam, when my spirit completely recognizes yours,
they recall our being one."
Is it possible to have more than one Twin Soul? Or did Rumi discover another spiritual truth?
More on that next week.