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"In his discources, Rumi often reflected on the nature of power, and the relationship between men of spiritual learning, and their leaders. In one passage he wrote: "The prophet, on whom be peace, said: 'The worst of scholars is he who visit princes, and the best of princes is he who visits scholars. Happy is the prince who stands at the poor man's door, and wretched is the poor man who stands at the door of a prince' In the excerpt, Rumi concludes that in every encounter between a prince and a spiritual scholar, it is the scholar who, due to his superior spiritual wealth, has something to give, while the prince, occupying the inferior position, can only receive. This imbalance makes the scholar independent of the prince, in Rumi's thinking." He continues:

He [the scholar] is like a light-giving sun whose whole function is giving and dispensing universally, converting stones into rubines and corenlians, changing mountains of earth into mines of copper and gold and silver and iron, making the earth fresh and verdant, bestowing upon the trees fruits of diverse kinds.

From RUMI--A spiritual Biography by Leslie Wines

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