Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sequence in Rumi's stories

Rumi tends to describe a general principle and then start a story to elaborate on the main point of the principle he is expounding. As he proceeds with the story he runs into situations in which he feels he needs to explain even more.

During these interludes or asides, he again expounds general principles and then stops and returns to his narrative of the original story.

Thus each story has a main principle and a set of sub themes or sub principles.

We'll explore a sample of the story of the king and the handmaiden .

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